After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.
PolitiFact has been watching the debt-limit debate closely. As the deadline nears and the partisan impasse over tax increases and spending cuts remains, we thought we’d review a few major claims that have been weighed on the Truth-O-Meter.
What caught our attention was Kaine’s assertion that 23,000 people die each year due to lack of health insurance.
When we checked, we found credible reports supporting and undercutting that claim, so we’re taking a pass on submitting his statement to the Truth-O-Meter. But we still want to summarize what we found.
Scott’s argument ignores a few details that drove up debt like, say, two wars overseas and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression which resulted in stimulus spending that the congressman supported.