Articles from August, 2009

Summertime blues

We check Newt Gingrich's claim on Obama's poll standings and find the former House speaker is right that only two presidents had lower approval ratings.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 2:28 p.m.

Books: 'Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect'

A book by Paul Gary Wyckoff

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 1:11 p.m.

Rush claims Obama 'wants to mandate circumcision'

We examine the latest claim from the talk show host and find he's ridiculously wrong.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 4:41 p.m.

'Public plan' for health care draws more distortions

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite sends out a taxpayer-funded mailing on health reform. We put it to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 at 6:09 p.m.

'Rationing' and other scare words in health debate

Opponents of the health care reform bills in Congress have unleashed a slew of scare words into the debate.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at 2:51 p.m.

Obama wrong again about obesity savings

The president repeats a falsehood that we debunked in the campaign.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, August 24th, 2009 at 6:21 p.m.

The truth, 1,000 times

PolitiFact celebrates two milestones: our 1,000th Truth-O-Meter item and our 2nd birthday.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 4:47 p.m.

A second opinion on death totals for the uninsured

We revisit our July ruling on a claim by Rep. Bill Pascrell and find another study contradicts his claim.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, August 20th, 2009 at 5:26 p.m.

We add the public option to the Obameter

The public option is hot now, but during the campaign it was rarely discussed.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 6:58 p.m.

Chiropractor ditches patient over chain e-mail

When facts are in dispute, sparks fly.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 6:57 p.m.

Pregnancy a 'pre-existing condition'? Yes, for some

The AMA president says insurers in the individual market call pregnancy a pre-existing condition. He's right.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 at 6:42 p.m.

Mailbag: The Twitter edition

We RT the feedback from Twitter, where messages are limited to 140 characters.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.

If you can't beat 'em . . . join 'em!

Obama adviser David Axelrod creates his own chain e-mail to combat the e-mails from opponents of health care reform.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

Health care reform: A simple explanation

We've knocked down a lot of false claims about the health bill, telling you what it's not . Here we take time out to tell you what it is .

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 2:52 p.m.

The Truth-O-Meter on health care: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

With so many claims and counterclaims, we choose our 10 most significant Truth-O-Meter items.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 1:29 p.m.

Romancing AARP

The president says the group endorses his health plan. But it's not that simple.

By Robert Farley, Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 p.m.

Obama faces a town hall ... and the Truth-O-Meter

We check two statements from President Obama's town hall in Portsmouth, N.H. We find he's right about coverage for janitors but exaggerating whether you can keep your health plan.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Catharine Richert :: Published on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 6:28 p.m.

Palin 'death panel' claim sets Truth-O-Meter ablaze

Palin spins a dystopian scenario where the elderly and disabled must petition for care. But that's not part of any actual health care legislation.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 6:58 p.m.

Abortion and the health care reform bill

Critics say the bill would lead to taxpayer-subsidized abortions and abortions at school health clinics. We find that's not true.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 6:42 p.m.

A new health plan distortion

A Club for Growth ad likens U.S. health care reform to a plan in Britain and suggests people will be allowed to die if their treatment costs more than $22,000. We find that's not true.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 6:55 p.m.

Our latest guide to the health care distortions

Wondering if the health care reform proposals would require counseling to tell seniors how to end their lives sooner? We've got the answers.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 10:13 a.m.

Obama's Hoosier math

The president flubs the number of households receiving tax cuts in Indiana.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 6:10 p.m.

Malkin earns Half True for unemployment claim

The columnist says a Clinton official has written that unemployment benefits can prolong unemployment. She's right that he wrote that -- nearly 20 years ago.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 at 6:25 p.m.

Is Big Brother snooping on Cash for Clunkers site?

On Glenn Beck's show, Fox anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle claims the site gives government complete access to your home computer.  

By Robert Farley :: Published on Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 6:40 p.m.

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