“Becerra supports Bernie’s government takeover of your health care, eliminating your employer-provided coverage.” — TV ad funded by Cotton for Senate, Feb. 22 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. A digital ad running in Georgia and New Hampshire… Read More »Becerra Has Long Backed Single-Payer. That Doesn’t Mean It Will Happen if He’s HHS Secretary.
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The result of lockdowns “has been the destruction of millions of lives across America as well as increased deaths from suicide, substance abuse and despair without any corresponding benefit in covid mortality.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Feb. 2, 2020 For months, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis… Read More »DeSantis Advances Questionable Link Between Lockdowns and Despair
The science says “open the schools, stop wearing masks outside, and everyone at low risk should start living normal lives.” — Blog post by conservative talk show host Buck Sexton posted on Facebook, Feb. 8. This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be… Read More »It’s Time to Get Back to Normal? Not According to Science.
“Pfizer and Moderna could share their design with dozens of other pharma companies who stand ready to produce their vaccines and end the pandemic.” — Feb. 3 in a Facebook post This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. Vaccine… Read More »Can Pfizer and Moderna End the Pandemic by Sharing Their Vaccine Designs? It’s Not that Simple
“We did have tragedies and we did have losses. But we also got through it better than virtually every other state.” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News, Feb. 2, 2021 Covid-19 has pushed states to adopt unique approaches to protect… Read More »S.D. Governor Gives State High Marks in Handling the Pandemic. Are They Deserved?
“Now he [Biden] is saying that people who came here illegally can jump ahead of other Americans who have been waiting to get the vaccine.” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) During a Feb. 2 interview on Fox News, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) claimed President Joe Biden… Read More »Scalise’s Claim That Unauthorized Immigrants Are Getting Priority for Vaccination Misses the Point
Joe Biden ran on an expansive health care platform during his 2020 presidential campaign, with a broad array of promises such as adding a government-sponsored health plan to the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices. Perhaps most significantly, he pledged to get control… Read More »Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?
Está en la naturaleza de los candidatos presidenciales y de los flamantes presidentes: prometer grandes cosas. Apenas unos meses antes de su juramentación en 1961, el presidente John F. Kennedy prometió que iba a enviar un hombre a la luna antes de que terminara la… Read More »Biden prometió 100 millones de vacunas de covid en 100 días. No será fácil de cumplir
This story also ran on PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. It’s in the nature of presidential candidates and new presidents to promise big things. Just months after his 1961 inauguration, President John F. Kennedy vowed to send a man to the moon by… Read More »Biden’s Covid Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won’t Be Easy.
The percentage of Americans with natural immunity from getting COVID-19 is “a very powerful vaccine in itself.” — President Donald Trump on Dec. 8 at a White House Operation Warp Speed vaccine summit This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished… Read More »Trump’s Wrong. 15% ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Not on Par With Strength of a Vaccine
“Because our family couldn’t afford health insurance, Obama/Biden penalized us about $10,000, then took that $10,000 and used it to pay for others’ free Obamacare. Trump ended that theft.” In a Facebook post, Oct. 20, 2020 A viral Facebook post claims that former President Barack… Read More »A $10,000 Obamacare Penalty? Doubtful.
Sen. Lindsey Graham has never been a fan of the Affordable Care Act — even though it’s helped dramatically lower the number of uninsured people in his home state of South Carolina. The Republican, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, attacked the law at the… Read More »Sen. Graham Complains That 3 Blue States Get a Third of ACA Funding
App-based driving services such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are bankrolling California’s Proposition 22, which would keep their drivers classified as independent contractors, not employees. Leading into the Nov. 3 election, the ballot measure — which has become the most expensive in state history… Read More »App-Based Companies Pushing Prop. 22 Say Drivers Will Get Health Benefits. Will They?
It’s a tried-and-true campaign strategy. Candidates go on the attack, claiming their opponent will do harm to Medicare. After all, people 65 and older are good about making it to the polls on Election Day. These voters are also generally motivated to protect the federal… Read More »Arguing to Undo the ACA. Harming Medicare. Do They Go Hand in Hand?
During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump claimed that 180 million people would lose their private health insurance to socialized medicine if the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president. “They have 180 million people, families under what he wants… Read More »Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?
In the second and final debate of the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred over Trump’s handling of the pandemic and Biden’s plan to reform health care. In stark contrast to the first debate, there was more policy… Read More »In Tamer Debate, Trump and Biden Clash (Again) on President’s Pandemic Response
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to combat the disease. Recently, he made the assertion during the NBC News town hall on Oct. 15 that replaced the second presidential debate. “But we were expected… Read More »Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?
During the first presidential debate of 2020, President Donald Trump touted his efforts to curb skyrocketing drug prices and declared that insulin is now “so cheap, it’s like water.” The response on social media was swift, and divided, with some people sharing pharmacy… Read More »Progressive Group Highlights Trump, Tillis Weakness on Insulin Price Tags
On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) “admitted” he was correct that using lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 was more damaging than the illness. In a post on Twitter, Trump wrote: “The World Health Organization just admitted that… Read More »No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right
The Trump administration’s pandemic response: decisive action that saved lives, or the greatest failure of any presidential administration? During Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic challenger, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, offered drastically different takes — from behind plexiglass screens… Read More »In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality
The first minutes of Tuesday’s presidential debate immediately turned to how President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could undo the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with preexisting conditions. “There’s 100 million people that have preexisting conditions,”… Read More »Biden’s in the Ballpark on How Many People Have Preexisting Conditions
President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a 70-minute speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night. Speaking to a friendly crowd that didn’t appear to be observing social distancing conventions, and with few participants wearing masks,… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 4: Fireworks … and Shining a Light on Trump’s Claims
Vice President Mike Pence portrayed his boss, President Donald Trump, as a leader who has reached out across the aisle to help during the coronavirus pandemic. “President Trump marshaled the full resources of the federal government and directed us to forge a seamless partnership with… Read More »Pence Praises Trump’s ‘Seamless’ COVID Response, Leaves Out His State Feuds
Detective Ryan Holets, whose personal story includes the adoption of an infant born to a drug-addicted mother, addressed the Republican National Convention on its second night. He praised President Donald Trump’s efforts in addressing drug and opioid abuse and noted “drug overdose deaths… Read More »Drug Overdose Deaths Showed a One-Year Decline in 2018. But There’s More to the Story.
The Republican National Convention offered Americans a picture Tuesday night of a compassionate White House in action. But not a lot was said about the biggest health crisis in a century that has killed more than 170,000 people in this country. First lady Melania Trump… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 2: Pomp, the Pandemic and Planned Parenthood
President Donald Trump has long considered lowering the high cost of prescription drugs to be one of his signature issues, and it is likely to be a talking point he relies on throughout the upcoming campaign. During his afternoon speech Monday ― delivered on the… Read More »Trump Again Claims He’s Bringing Down Drug Prices, But Details of How Are Skimpy
Before the prime-time GOP showcase began, President Donald Trump took to the podium Monday afternoon and delivered an approximately one-hour campaign-style speech to delegates after he was officially renominated by the Republican Party as its candidate for president. His comments were wide-ranging, and our partners… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 1: A Campaign-Style Trump Speech and More
On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the first in a weeklong parade of speakers to issue scathing critiques of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. Cuomo’s criticisms drew a quick reply in a tweet from Michael… Read More »Is Cuomo Directive to Blame for Nursing Home COVID Deaths, as US Official Claims?
In a near-empty arena on the river in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president, promising hope over fear, fairness over privilege, love over hate. And, he said, “Facts over fiction.” Let’s see about that. Our… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 4: ‘Facts Over Fiction’ in Biden’s Speech
Even as his state is a hotbed for COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pushing schools to reopen so parents have the choice of sending children back to the classroom or keeping them home to learn virtually. The Republican governor has said children without… Read More »DeSantis Says COVID Is a Lower Risk for School-Aged Kids Than Flu
The third night of the Democratic National Convention was all about one thing: Sen. Kamala Harris of California becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to accept a major political party’s vice presidential nomination. But key Democratic criticisms — many rooted in health care… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 3: Making the Party Lines Clear
The second night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention featured a 17-person keynote speech, past presidents, a roll call vote that doubled as a virtual tour of the United States and an emphasis on health care and national security issues. Ady Barkan, a health care… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 2: Defending the ACA and Attacking Trump on Pandemic
On the first night of the Democrats’ 2020 national convention, one thing was clear. This time would be different. No crowds, buttons, placards or party swag. The coronavirus pandemic was an ever-present theme. Still, there was a virtual National Anthem and everyday people offering their… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 1: Hitting Trump Team on Pandemic Preparedness
An attack ad, which was released in mid-July, states that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, supports a government-run health care program that would wreak havoc on the state’s health care infrastructure. “Bullock’s health care plan will force rural hospitals to… Read More »GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Mont. Governor’s Stance on Rural Hospitals, Public Option
In a heated exchange late last month on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper pressed Adm. Brett Giroir, the Health and Human Services assistant secretary who oversees COVID testing efforts for the Trump administration, on why the government isn’t requiring commercial labs to… Read More »Could Labs That Test Livestock Ease COVID Testing Backlog for People? Well … Maybe.
Millions of people, including the president of the United States, have seen or shared a video in which a doctor falsely claims there is a cure for the coronavirus, and it’s a medley starring hydroxychloroquine. The video shows several doctors in white coats giving a press conference… Read More »Don’t Fall for This Video: Hydroxychloroquine Is Not a COVID-19 Cure
In a speech this month, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, offered the third installment of a four-part economic plan being rolled out in advance of the Democratic National Convention in August. This set of proposals focused on caregivers — whether for… Read More »Biden Is Right. Pay for Home Health Workers Is Paltry.