Articles from October, 2013

‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep it’

Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.

Does emergency care account for just 2 percent of health care spending?

One of the aims of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the need for Americans to visit the emergency room for first-line medical care. But the percentage of health-care dollars going to ERs today is actually less than many people assume.

More misinformation about health care

We found mangled facts from a Facebook meme, a U.S. senator and radio talk show host Sean Hannity.

Was Rubio 'never ... in favor of shutting down the government'?

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says he never wanted to shut down the government and voted to keep the government funded. But his public comments and Senate votes undercut that claim.

Greatest hits of the Virginia governor's race (so far)

PolitiFact Virginia has fact-checked claims about government shutdowns, Social Security, abortion, guns and more. We review the most compelling fact-checks of the campaign to date.

Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

PolitiFact Florida recently looked at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

Mailbag: 'You are a joke, and your operation is a sham'

With the government in shutdown mode, correspondence to PolitiFact in recent weeks has focused on debt, spending and -- as always -- President Barack Obama's health care law.

Fact-checking Ted Cruz

The Texas senator played cheerleader to House Republicans who wanted to defund Obamacare, a strategy that resulted in a government shutdown. We look back at some of our fact-checks of Cruz, and whether he’s eligible to run for president. (Hint: Very likely!)

Political parties play games with votes during government shutdown

As the American public waits out the government shutdown, campaign committees put out distorted attacks about what’s happening in Congress.

Does raising the debt ceiling "increase our debt"?

President Obama said at a press conference that raising the debt ceiling "does not allow for a single dime of increased spending." We found this is a tricky statement to parse.

Ten questions about the debt ceiling

Confused about what the debt ceiling is? As the government hurtles toward a possible default, here is an FAQ about the debt ceiling and why it's important to every American.

Coming soon: We aim our fact-checking at the pundits

In today’s news media environment, there is great pressure to be first, to be provocative and to be popular. PunditFact will launch next month to fact-check claims by media figures and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.

PolitiFact to launch PunditFact, checking pundits and media figures

PunditFact will be dedicated to fact-checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.

Tom Cotton on the Truth-O-Meter

The campaign has already started in the 2014 race for Senate in Arkansas. We fact-checked two claims recently from Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

The politics of pot

A ballot initiative in Florida seeks to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana, and that has people talking about the its use and safety. We looked at claims that marijuana is not addictive and that it's less toxic than alcohol.

Shutdown myths find home on social media

President Barack Obama shut down the Amber Alert program that finds missing kids? He shut down the ocean? Both claims have flourished on social media. Neither is accurate.

Viral Facebook post says Obamacare fines to be seized from bank accounts

A Facebook post claims a man tried to "opt out" of Obamacare, was fined $4,037 through automatic bank deductions, and threatened with a home lien and driver's license suspension. The reality: the law doesn't allow for those penalties. Pants on Fire!

Top claims about the federal government shutdown

Just days into the federal government shutdown, we’ve already heard some distortions -- and some truths.

10 things Obamacare supporters say that aren’t entirely true

The law’s supporters sometimes paint an overly rosy picture of the health care law. We match the rhetoric to reality.

A fact-checker's nightmare: Shutdown shutters Census, BLS, other sites

One of the casualties of the federal government shutdown are statistical websites used by ordinary Americans ... and fact-checkers.

Bipartisan misuse of the word 'bipartisan'

Even before the government shutdown was official, the blame game was well under way. But in pointing the finger at each other, we found that both sides have played fast and loose with the facts.