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Viral Claims, Part II

A long-running chain email claims that Medicare premiums are going to shoot up to $247 per month in 2014 because of the health care law. That’s not true no matter how many times this email is forwarded.
See our April 30 Ask FactCheck — “Realtors, the 3.8% ‘Sales Tax’ and $247 Medicare Premiums” — for more.

Viral Claims, Part I

Contrary to what viral emails claim, there’s no 3.8 percent “sales tax” on homes in the federal health care law. The investment tax will affect few high-income earners.
See our April 30 Ask FactCheck — “Realtors, the 3.8% ‘Sales Tax’ and $247 Medicare Premiums” — for more.

Small Businesses and the Health Care Law

Is the Affordable Care Act “devastating to small businesses,” as some critics claim? We find such assertions are overblown. The law is actually beneficial to truly small companies.
See “GOP’s ‘Job-Killing’ Whopper, Again” (Feb. 21) for more on claims about the impact on small businesses.

Obama Misrepresents Ryan’s Plan

The president got a key point wrong when he attacked Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare.
Read more about Obama’s claims in “Fall Preview: Obama vs. Romney (and Ryan),” April 6.

It’s a Job-Killer?

Claims that the health care law kills jobs are greatly exaggerated.
Read more about the claim in our Feb. 21 article, “GOP’s ‘Job-Killing’ Whopper, Again.”

The Contraception Conundrum

Is free contraception coverage revenue neutral, or does it increase insurance premiums? The evidence is conflicting and murky.
See our Feb. 24 article, “Cloudy Contraception Costs,” for more on this issue.

Massachusetts Health Care Overhaul

The Massachusetts health care law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney did not create a “government-run” system, as some critics have said. But Romney wrongly claims everyone under his law was covered by private insurance, ignoring his own expansion of Medicaid.
Read more in our Jan. 20 article, “South Carolina Smackdown.”