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REPORT: Casey Used Poor and Disabled Students to Lie About GOP Medicare Plan

Fact-checker PolitiFact took Bob Casey to task for lying about cuts to Medicare in Pennsylvania…

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In a tweet last week, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) claimed that Republicans’ health care bill would “slash more than $135 million in federal funding available to PA schools.”

The message was retweeted more than 100 times and came after a Casey-led discussion with families and faculty in Laporte, PA about Medicaid funding for schools.

Casey’s claimed that the bill would “devastate already cash-strapped public schools that receive Medicaid reimbursements for programs benefiting poor children and students with disabilities.”

The only problem is it’s completely false. Fact checkers at PolitiFact tore apart Casey’s claims, noting that there is “no provision in the GOP healthcare bill that specifically cuts Medicaid funding to schools.”

To defend his claim, Casey’s office offered that “schools in the state received a total of $134.5 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year in Medicaid reimbursements for School Based ACCESS services.”

PolitiFact rightly points out, however, that Casey’s tweet claimed that the bill would slash “more than $135 million,” but their own defense includes a figure of $134.5 million, which of course is less than $135 million.

That logical breakdown aside, PolitiFact rated the claim false because there’s simply no provision in the bill that cuts funding to schools.