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Muslim Stamp

Q: Did Obama order creation of a postage stamp to honor a Muslim holiday?
A: The first class stamp honoring Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha was first issued eight years ago. Obama has followed Bush’s practice of reaching out to Muslims on Ramadan.

September 14, 2009

The percentage and number of children (under 18) without health insurance decreased in 2008. Nearly 10 percent (7.3 million) didn’t have coverage that year, compared with 11.0 percent (8.1 million) without coverage in 2007.

Source: Census Bureau

Sweet: Another Stretch by Obama

The Chicago Sun-Times’ columnist and Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet reports on an Obama exaggeration that we missed.
Sweet said Obama "went too far" when he said, in his health care speech to Congress and the nation Sept. 9:

Obama, Sept. 9: One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn’t reported gallstones that he didn’t even know about. They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.

September 13, 2009

The percentage of Americans on government health insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, increased from 27.8 percent in 2007 to 29.0 percent in 2008.
Source: Census Bureau

September 12, 2009

The percentage of Americans with employer-sponsored health coverage declined from 59.3 percent in 2007 to 58.5 percent in 2008.
Source: Census Bureau

Immigrants and Insurance

Several readers have e-mailed us about a report from the Congressional Research Service that they say proves illegal immigrants will have coverage under the proposed House health care plan. In fact, that report says exactly what we concluded yesterday: The bill does not provide coverage for illegal immigrants, but there’s no enforcement mechanism explicitly specified. The newly created Health Choices Commissioner would be responsible for deciding how applicants for the affordability credits would need to prove their eligibility.


The last weekend of summer may have knocked a day off of the work week, but the false and misleading claims didn’t take a break. As always, we were on the case.
The highlight of the week, of course, was President Obama’s Sept. 9 address on health care to a joint session of Congress. Contrary to at least one now-notorious critic, the president did not lie about illegal immigrants: The House bill specifically states that no affordability credits will go to anyone in the country illegally.

September 11, 2009

New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner reported early this year that 2,752 death certificates had been issued for those who died in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

Source: NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Boustany’s Response

Barack Obama wasn’t the only person misstating health care facts during prime time on Sept. 9. Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany delivered the Republican response to Obama’s speech. We found a couple of factual flaws.
Bureaucracies vs. Bureaucrats
Boustany exaggerated when he stated that the Democrats’ bill "created 53 new bureaucracies." The claim is based on an analysis of H.R. 3200 conducted by the House Republican Conference. The Republicans’ analysis charges that "the House Democrats’

Obama’s Health Care Speech

President Obama’s prime-time address to Congress and the nation on health care prompted a Republican congressman to shout “you lie!” Did he? Here’s what we’ve found: Obama was correct when he said his plan wouldn’t insure illegal immigrants; the House bill expressly forbids giving subsidies to those who are …