Nancy Pelosi’s claim about veterans losing coverage under AHCA was blasted by the Washington Post as inaccurate…
“Seven million veterans will lose their tax credit for their families in this bill,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, in reference to the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
By Thursday, the Washington Post published a blistering fact check that corrected Pelosi’s inaccurate statement. The paper gave Pelosi “Three Pinocchios” (out of a possible four) for her statement, and provided this explanation:
Pelosi states in broad, certain terms that 7 million veterans will lose premium tax credits for themselves and their dependents under the Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare. But in reality, it’s not so certain. Republicans have stressed that they want current protections to remain, even if Obamacare is repealed; it’s an issue only because of the parliamentary tactics they have chosen. They’re now taking steps to turn the current IRS protections into law.
And even if current regulations don’t carry over, the universe of people affected by this change likely is not the full 7 million. There already are people within that 7 million population who don’t qualify for the tax credit because they have another form of insurance.
Pelosi’s false claim in the latest in a series of falsehoods that Democrats have publicly touted in recent weeks. It’s a trend that media outlets have picked up on. Earlier this month, CNN published a story noting that “Donald Trump is turning liberals into conspiracy theorists,” and in February, the New York Times published a piece titled, “Why More Democrats Are Now Embracing Conspiracy Theories.”
Democrats like Pelosi are eager to capitalize on emotional outrage at some of the Trump administration’s exploits, but they are spending that political capital at their own peril. In the meantime, liberals are keeping fact-checkers plenty busy.
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