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November 4, 2013

'Politifact' on Ezekiel Emanuel's Blaming Insurance Companies For Loss of Coverage: "Mostly False"

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Joel Pollak reports at Breitbart:

Politifact--not exactly a right-wing outlet--gave Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel a "mostly false" rating for his statement on Fox News Sunday Nov. 3 that insurance companies, not Obamacare or President Barack Obama himself, were responsible for individuals losing their health insurance coverage. "The insurance companies are making that choice, not the president," Emanuel thundered defiantly on the program. "The law does not require that."

The problem, as Politifact explains, is that the law does require that existing plans comply with new standards, or be canceled: "[T]here's little doubt the new law is influencing their changes in coverage." So while insurance companies technically "decide" to cancel policies, they have no choice. (The White House says these policies are junk, but that's not necessarily true, either.)

Pollak goes on to point out that "Mostly false" is one step above the "pants on fire"rating.

As a commenter on Pollak's piece aptly notes, Politifact obviously reserves "Pants On Fire" ratings for conservatives, because Emanuel's whopper is about as blatant a lie as lies get.

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Posted by Hyscience at November 4, 2013 10:13 AM



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