Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump Says Obamacare Is 'Exploding.' It's Not

President Trump is doing his best to put a good face on defeat in his party's attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Does a Single Volcanic Eruption Release as Much CO2 As All of Humanity Has to Date?

No matter how you look at it, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by volcanoes is significantly lower than the amount emitted by anthropogenic sources on human timescales.

Did Paul Ryan Say He Wants to Destroy Health Care?

An old video capturing a gaffe from House Speaker Paul Ryan reappeared in March 2017.

The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily. A look at how that sensational charge and a variety of other statements by the president — on the failed "Obamacare" replacement bill, Russia, immigration and more — met reality checks over the past week.

Pence’s strange claim that selling health insurance across state lines would be like car and life insurance

Many experts are skeptical about whether buying health insurance across state lines would actually work — more on that below — but we were interested in claims made by administration officials such as Vice President Pence and White House press secretary Sean Spicer that this would be similar to buying life insurance and car insurance.

Trump’s Job Boast

At an Oval Office ceremony, President Donald Trump boasted that Charter Communications "has just committed to investing $25 billion" and creating 20,000 jobs in the U.S. -- the latest example of companies, he said, that are investing in the U.S. "following my election victory."

Fact checking Trump's latest White House jobs announcement

With the fate of the Obamacare repeal teetering on the edge on Friday morning, President Trump brought a CEO to the White House to talk about jobs. "Today, I am thrilled to announce that Charter Communications has just committed to investing $25 billion, with a 'B,'" Trump said in a joint announcement with the Charter chief executive in the Oval Office. Here's the backstory.

Trump's truths can come from wisps of information

Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all — his own instinct.

Did the Obamacare Medicaid expansion force people onto wait lists?

Did Obamacare expand Medicaid at the expense of people who are on wait lists for Medicaid services?

A Fake Tom Price Quote

Q: Did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price say "it's better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly"? A: No.

Did Trey Gowdy Order Exhumation of Vince Foster's Body?

Reports that the South Carolina Congressman ordered the disinterment of Foster (a Clinton associate who died in 1993) originated from a hoax news site.

GOP’s Obamacare Obituary: Premature

Republicans repeatedly claim that Obamacare is in a "death spiral," collapsing of its own weight. This is wishful thinking on their part, with little evidence to support it.

Still No Evidence, Mr. President

There is still no evidence to support President Donald Trump's tweets accusing President Barack Obama of illegally "tapping my phones in October" during the "very sacred election process."

Did President Trump Bestow $100 Million Upon Flint, Michigan?

Partisans debate who deserves credit for the $100 million grant awarded by the EPA to Michigan for water infrastructure upgrades in Flint.

Trump and His Unachieved Achievements

President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project is merely suspended, as it has been for weeks. Trump's account, to Republican donors Tuesday night, was one of several from the president claiming achievements that have yet to happen. A look at a few.

Are the things lawmakers say in their letters about Obamacare true?

As the debate to repeal the law heats up in Congress, constituents are flooding their representatives with notes of support or concern, and the lawmakers are responding, sometimes with form letters that are misleading. A review of more than 200 such letters by ProPublica and its partners at Kaiser Health News, Stat and Vox, found dozens of errors and mischaracterizations about the ACA and its proposed replacement. The legislators have cited wrong statistics, conflated health care terms and made statements that don’t stand up to verification.

Trump Misleads About The Times’s Reporting on Surveillance

In an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday, President Trump cited The New York Times as evidence of his claim, made in a series of Twitter posts on March 4, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. The F.B.I. director, other top intelligence officials and numerous Republicans have rejected this claim. Here’s an assessment of Mr. Trump’s references to The Times’s reporting.

How is a ban on preexisting conditions preserved in the GOP replacement bill?

How does this work if one of the legs of the stool is missing?

Physician Numbers Up Under Obamacare

President Donald Trump said that "many of our best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Obamacare." But the number of physicians has increased since 2010, when the Affordable Care Act became law.

Trump’s Hollow Keystone Threat

President Donald Trump boasted that TransCanada Corp. "dropped" a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the U.S. after he threatened to "terminate" the company's Keystone XL pipeline. That's false.