Truth Or False? Fact-Checker Examines Health Reform Claims From Senate Debate

Video excerpts from the Senate floor also offer a taste of the heated discussion surrounding the GOP-led effort to repeal the health overhaul.

The Washington Post: The Fact Checker: McConnell’s Claims Of Wide Backing For Health Care Repeal
The Republican leader in the Senate on Wednesday pressed his party’s case for repeal of the new health care law, arguing that the courts, “the American people,” and “job creators” are demanding repeal. His cadence is excellent. How valid are his claims (Kessler, 2/3).

The Washington Post: The Fact Checker: Harry Reid’s Imaginary $4 Billion Credit To The Health Care Law
Reid argued that it is time to “stop re-fighting yesterday’s fights” and ticked off the benefits that he said were already flowing from the bill, including the claimed $4 billion in restitution and fines. He also argued that repealing the law would “add a trillion dollars to the deficit,” which is a claim we have debunked before. But is it possible that a bill that passed just 10 months ago has already yielded $4 billion from health care fraudsters (Kessler, 2/2).

Kaiser Health News Video: The Senate’s Partisan Debate On Health Reform Repeal
This Kaiser Health News video documents some of the debate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced an amendment to an unrelated bill today that would repeal the health law. Senators from both sides took to the floor, with Republicans arguing that the country wants repeal and Democrats maintaining that the benefits of the law are popular and outweigh any flaws in the legislation. Watch excerpts from the debate (2/2).

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