May 11, 2017

Four Times Democratic Leaders Misled Voters About ObamaCare

Yesterday, Aetna announced that it was completely pulling out of the Obamacare exchange markets, dealing another massive blow to former President Barack Obama’s signature achievement. As it becomes clearer that Obamacare is headed toward total failure, Congressional Democrats have become increasingly frantic in their defense of the law.

In their desperation, Democrats have resorted to misleading the American people about both Obamacare and the Republican replacement that passed the House last week. See below for some of the most egregious examples:

  • The Claim: Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) claimed that “129 million people with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage.”
    • Fact Check: The Washington Post gave Senator four Pinocchios because “gap between her number and the reality of who might be affected is too large to ignore”
  • The Claim: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the Republican replacement for Obamacare would allow insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
    • Fact Check: Factcheck.org said that Senator Schumer was “wrong” to make this claim because under the Republican bill “insurers would still be required to offer plans to anyone regardless of pre-existing conditions.”
  • The Claim: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed that the Obamacare covered 17 million children with pre-existing conditions.
    • Fact Check: The New York Times called Congresswoman Pelosi’s claim “misleading.”
  • The Claim: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) claimed that the Republican replacement would raise health insurance premiums.
    • Fact Check: Factcheck.org said that Congressman Hoyer’s comments were “misleading” and gave a “false impression” of what the House bill did.