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Obama Receives ‘Two Pinocchios’ for Claim That Trump Moves Cost 3M People Insurance

The Washington Post blew the whistle on President Obama's claims regarding President Trump's efforts to undercut the Affordable Care Act.

By NTK Staff | 09.14.2018 @10:30am
Obama Receives ‘Two Pinocchios’ for Claim That Trump Moves Cost 3M People Insurance

Republicans’ “sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has already cost more than 3 million Americans their health insurance.”

That was the claim President Obama made in a closely-watched speech last week to students at the University of Illinois. Obama gave a fiery speech that mainstream press took as his reentry into the political arena.

One problem with Obama’s Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare claim, though? It wasn’t true, according to The Washington Post.

The fact-check team, led by Glenn Kessler, gave Obama “Two Pinocchios” for claiming the current president and his allies have caused three million people to lose their insurance.

Here’s the Post‘s final ruling:

This shows the perils of cherry-picking data. Obama selected a number that put the impact of Trump’s moves on Obamacare in the worst possible light, even though there was another well-respected survey that showed virtually no statistically significant decline in the number of people with insurance. Now the Census Bureau has backed up the NHIS conclusion that in Trump’s first year, the impact was minimal.

The Post did caution that “[t]he story may be different in 2018, given that Congress eliminated the individual mandate that required the purchase of health insurance or the payment of a fine.”

It’s not the first time Obama has been caught in an awkward moment on health care. In 2013, PolitiFact gave then-President Obama its “Lie of the Year” for his infamous promise that “[i]f you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

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