Saturday, December 20th, 2014

'It's on page 107 of the health care bill!'

PolitiFact fact-checking doesn't just cover politicians. We also put chain emails to the Truth-O-Meter.
PolitiFact fact-checking doesn't just cover politicians. We also put chain emails to the Truth-O-Meter.

The main provisions of President Barack Obama’s 2010 landmark health care law are getting closer and closer to implementation.

On Jan. 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The poor will qualify for an expanded Medicaid program in many (but not all) states, and those of modest means everywhere will qualify for federal credits to buy private health insurance.

As the law gets closer to reality, we here at PolitiFact are seeing an uptick in anonymous chain emails about the law. Readers have forwarded us the email asking for fact-checks.

Here are three recent chain emails we debunked; all appear to be fabrications. Click the links to see all the evidence for yourself.

"The 2.3 percent Medical Excise Tax that began on January 1st is supposed to be ‘hidden’ from the consumer, but it’s been brought to the public’s attention by hunting and fishing store Cabela’s who have refused to hide it and are showing it as a separate line item tax on their receipts."

There is a 2.3 percent medical devices, but not sporting goods. Cabela’s sporting goods stores accidentally applied a tax at the beginning of 2013, but promptly removed it when it was called to their attention. That brief incident has fueled a chain email that claims fishing rods, outboard motors and bows and arrows will be taxed under the law. PolitiFact Ohio rated the claim that sports equipment will be taxed as Pants on Fire!

"Your hospital Medicare admittance has just changed under Obama Care. ...     YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS... At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatment, page 272."

All medically necessary treatments will still be covered under Medicare. There is nothing in the health care law that says people won’t be treated for cancer after a certain age, not on page 272 or any other page. PolitiFact Oregon rated this Pants on Fire!

"Dhimmitude -- I had never heard the word until now. I typed it into Google and started reading. Pretty interesting. It's on page 107 of the health care bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists. It is a REAL word. ... Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured."

Actually, the word dhimmitude is not on page 107, nor are Muslims specifically exempted from the requirement to buy insurance. Pants on Fire!