Fact checking the president’s statements

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Associated Press has a helpful fact check of President Obama’s speech last night to a joint session of Congress.

Click here to read it.

AP checked the facts of the following Obama statements:

OBAMA: “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

OBAMA: Requiring insurance companies to cover preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies “makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.”

OBAMA: “Now, if you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who don’t currently have health insurance, the second part of this plan will finally offer you quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job or change your job, you will be able to get coverage. If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you will be able to get coverage.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/10/2009 - 10:08 am.

    “OBAMA: “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

    THE FACTS: That’s correct, as far as it goes. But neither can the plan guarantee that people can keep their current coverage. Employers sponsor coverage for most families, and they’d be free to change their health plans in ways that workers may not like, or drop insurance altogether.”

    But note that this is IN FACT no change from the current situation. Employers can change or drop insurance coverages right now, so Obama’s plan is not jeopardizing people’s employer based coverage, it simply maintaining the status quo in that regard.

  2. Submitted by Joe Johnson on 09/11/2009 - 08:13 am.

    I like the one about adding one dime to the national debt. I believe it already has added to national debt because some of research for the bill was done with stimulus dollars. Stimulus = Debt

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