Thursday, September 10, 2009

News Talk Online September 10, 2009: Obama Loose With The Facts

We fact checked President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on News Talk Online on today and found some assertions that he made weren't entirely true.

According to an analysis by the Associated Press, the president's claim that health reform as proposed would not increase the deficit is untrue. In fact, the AP says, it would increase it by billions of dollars.

While he is correct that the plan would not require an individual or an employer to change coverage people have now there are no guarantees that the plan one has wouldn't change.

It's true that the current proposal requires, as he says, that anyone who opts in is a U.S. citizen there are is no citizenship verification process.

And, although he says Medicare would remain untouched, the AP analysis concludes that some seniors would see their health benefits reduced - especially the 25 percent who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

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