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Obama’s ‘Truth Team’ needs a fact check on their fact check

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Oh the irony. President Obama’s so called “truth team” continues its propagandist efforts in the hopes of salvaging the President’s crashing approval numbers. This time, by falsely portraying Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as lying about Obamacare’s effects on the health care industry.

From the unTruth Team’s email:

Truth Team

Friend —

Fun fact:

The latest member of Congress caught spreading myths about Obamacare is none other than the one chosen to give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently blamed the Affordable Care Act for layoffs in the health care industry.

FactCheck.org dug into the research and didn’t find any support for Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ claims — zilch. In fact, they found that there has been steady health care job growth, and that trend is expected to continue. One economist even called her conclusion “silly.”

We’re sure we’ll be hearing more on health care from Rep. McMorris Rodgers in tomorrow night’s response. That’s why we can’t afford to let any myth like this go unchallenged.

Fight back — let your friends know about this embarrassing fact check and help get the truth out about health care reform.

 

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The reality is Rep. McMorris Rodgers tried to pounce on what was a slight downtick in reported health care jobs — something economists say could be attributable to “statistical error.” But of course, there are voices out there who want nothing more than for health reform to fail — that’s why they’ve voted 46 times to repeal or derail the law.

What’s more absurd is that FactCheck.org found that “the new health care law is widely expected to increase health care employment” and quoted one Dartmouth economics professor who said he didn’t know of “any evidence that doctors have lost their jobs because of Obamacare.”

Truth Team, you know what to do.

Share the truth about Obamacare and the economy on Facebook:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Fact-Check-FB

Or on Twitter:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Fact-Check-TW

Fact check is hardly an unbiased source. Often softening the blow of critics where Democrats are concerned. In this case, they just got it wrong.

First example would be from U.S. News and World Report’s article where administrators at the Cleveland Clinic directly placed the blame for spending cuts and layoffs on the Affordable Care Act:

Administrators at the Cleveland Clinic announced on Wednesday that the health care giant would be cutting as much as $300 million from its 2014 budget, and that the cuts will likely include layoffs.

“Health care reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” spokeswoman Eileen Shiel told The Plain Dealer. “We want to make sure we can keep care affordable.”

During a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, Cleveland Clinic President and Chief Executive Dr. Toby Cosgrove told employees about plans to reduce operating expenses by about 6 percent, and cited the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as one of the reasons for the cuts.

Then, there is the article from the normally administration-friendly Huffington Post where a medical device maker directly attributes cuts to the tragedy that is Obamacare:

Medical technology company, Smith & Nephew, announced Thursday that it would be letting go of almost 100 workers at its plants in Tennessee and Massachusetts. The company, which makes orthopedic reconstruction products, is blaming 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices in President Obama’s health care law for the layoffs, according to Fox13 News.

Then there’s this:

Stryker Corporation, a Michigan-based medical device company with operations around the world, is laying off five percent of its employees in order to offset the cost of a tax passed as part of Obamacare in 2009 and scheduled to take effect in 2013.

and this

Clifton Springs Hospital let almost 60 non-clinical employees go last Friday. Hospital officials says it’s all because they’re trying to get ready for the impact of the new health care act. The act changes the way health insurance is run and the way hospitals are paid.

The stories are abundant and growing.

These layoffs are a necessity considering the goal of Obamacare. They want to make healthcare cheaper – one of the major costs in healthcare are the professionals that give that care. Therefore, if it is to cost less, there must be reductions in the cost of the people giving it.

Some will argue that these cuts are temporary, a statistical anomaly, a rounding error or a necessary evil. They can pick whichever explanation they like, but they must then admit they ARE happening.

If they are indeed happening, then Representative McMorris Rodgers is correct and it is Obama’s truth team that is spreading nothing more than the great leaders propaganda.

Want to know why Obama needs to discredit Rep. McMorris Rodgers so badly? Because she is giving the Republican response to his State of the Union address tomorrow night.

Thin, cheap, childish and foolish – and now they’ve been exposed.. again.

The Truth Behind Obama’s Truth Team

The political world is abuzz this week with the Obama administration’s unveiling of their ironically named “Truth Team”. In conjunction with BarackObama.com, the Truth Team consists of three websites- AttackWatch, KeepingHisWord and KeepingGOPHonest. The goal of the Truth Team is to dispel the myths of Republican smears and tell the public the truth about Obama’s record. The Truth Team plans to gather volunteers and focus on swing states in an attempt to gather votes for Obama in the 2012 election.

Anyone familiar with the union thug tactics of SEIU and the oh-so-unbiased reporting of ‘news’ organizations like George Soros funded Media Matters employed in the 2008 election, is probably skeptical of the credibility of the Truth Teams. And rightly so.

Example- the Truth Team’s “Debunking of the so-called “War on Religion”

AttackWatch primarily refutes Mitt Romney’s statement that Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate for religious organizations is forcing religions to violate their conscious.

The Truth Team’s refutement of this rests on six points that Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter presents.

Her first point- contraception is important to women’s health. Her evidence? Scientists and medical experts agree with her! These scientists aren’t named in the Truth Teams explanation. But if you click on the text, you’re taken to the website of the Guttmacher Institute, whose website states that its goal is to advance reproductive health and rights. Their mission also states “The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.”

Cutter states that “The fundamental belief behind this decision is that women should have access to this care, without having to worry about cost.”

Here, the Obama administration’s assumption is that this is a women’s rights issue, which is not true. Where in the Constitution is there a clause mandating the government provide low cost contraception to women? From the start, the Obama administration obscures the issue- the principle at stake is women’s rights not religious freedom. Just a thought- it’s a lot easier to make people sound evil if they’re arguing against women’s rights.

Next, Cutter writes that churches are exempt from the rule, which is about the only true statement on the website. She also states that religious organizations (charities and hospitals) will be exempt for another year. Again true, although delaying government mandates against religion isn’t exactly a point on the side of the Obama administration.

Third, Cutter writes that individual religious beliefs will be protected. No woman will be forced to take contraceptives and no doctor will be forced to proscribe them. According to Cutter, this means that no one’s religious conscience is violated. Unless you’re the head of a Catholic hospital and you’re forced to pay the insurance policy for an employee receiving contraceptives as part of your medical care. Or do church officials not count as individuals with a right to conscience?

Fourth, Cutter has the audacity to claim that 75% of women are actually behind the Obamacare mandate stating that churches should be forced to provide contraception.
Their facts to back this up? They claim 71% of Americans and 77% of Catholic women support it (the mandate). They also state that 98% of Catholic women use contraceptives.

Now, there’s no data on AttackWatch, however there is a link embedded in the text which brings you to the source of the information- Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.

Here is Planned Parenthood’s breakdown of their survey:

• 71 percent of all voters, including men and women, say prescription birth control should be included as preventive health care services, covered without any out-of-pocket costs.
• Seven in 10 Republican women (72 percent) said that birth control should be included as preventive health care, covered without any out-of-pocket costs.

• 77 percent of Catholic women voters said that birth control should be covered as preventive health care without any out-of-pocket costs. 


Notice the question not asked- whether women, especially Catholic women, even though they use birth control, believe their Church should be forced to provide contraceptives. So the 75% of women who supposedly think the Church should be forced to violate its conscience live only in the progressive minds of the Obama administration. Also, if 98% of women already use birth control, is there really an availability problem. And if Planned Parenthood, the darling of the left, is doing such a good job providing reproductive services to women, why does the Obama administration need to force the Church to cover contraception?

Fifth, Cutter states that the mandate will reduce employer health care payouts by 15 to 17 percent. This might sound great until you realize that this is projected savings is a result of health care services for babies that will not be born. Not only that, but these savings are purely hypothetical. The savings comes from money that is projected to be spent on the medical services a baby requires. If a baby is never born, and those services are never billed, then no money was spent, hence there is no real savings.

Cutter’s sixth point and conclusion is- President Obama loves the religious community! Apparently, the health care mandate, which forces religious employers to violate their belief that abortion is wrong, is a shining example of his commitment to religious liberty. Which actually sums up the president’s views on religion pretty well- he thinks they’re wonderful as long as they do what he wants.

So there you have it, as AttackWatch says. Indeed- there you have it. Here you have a crystal clear example of Obama’s contempt for the Constitution, and his clear contempt for the thinking brains of the American people. His endorsement of such blatant lies shows his character clearly.

So please, as AttackWatch concludes- “Now we need your help to spread the word about the administration’s stance.” Stand for truth and religious freedom and spread the words about AttackWatch’s lies.

For more information see:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/survey-nearly-three-four-voters-america-support-fully-covering-prescription-birth-control-33863.htm

http://www.attackwatch.com/debunking-the-so-called-war-on-religion/

The Truth Behind Obama's Truth Team

The political world is abuzz this week with the Obama administration’s unveiling of their ironically named “Truth Team”. In conjunction with BarackObama.com, the Truth Team consists of three websites- AttackWatch, KeepingHisWord and KeepingGOPHonest. The goal of the Truth Team is to dispel the myths of Republican smears and tell the public the truth about Obama’s record. The Truth Team plans to gather volunteers and focus on swing states in an attempt to gather votes for Obama in the 2012 election.

Anyone familiar with the union thug tactics of SEIU and the oh-so-unbiased reporting of ‘news’ organizations like George Soros funded Media Matters employed in the 2008 election, is probably skeptical of the credibility of the Truth Teams. And rightly so.

Example- the Truth Team’s “Debunking of the so-called “War on Religion”

AttackWatch primarily refutes Mitt Romney’s statement that Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate for religious organizations is forcing religions to violate their conscious.

The Truth Team’s refutement of this rests on six points that Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter presents.

Her first point- contraception is important to women’s health. Her evidence? Scientists and medical experts agree with her! These scientists aren’t named in the Truth Teams explanation. But if you click on the text, you’re taken to the website of the Guttmacher Institute, whose website states that its goal is to advance reproductive health and rights. Their mission also states “The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.”

Cutter states that “The fundamental belief behind this decision is that women should have access to this care, without having to worry about cost.”

Here, the Obama administration’s assumption is that this is a women’s rights issue, which is not true. Where in the Constitution is there a clause mandating the government provide low cost contraception to women? From the start, the Obama administration obscures the issue- the principle at stake is women’s rights not religious freedom. Just a thought- it’s a lot easier to make people sound evil if they’re arguing against women’s rights.

Next, Cutter writes that churches are exempt from the rule, which is about the only true statement on the website. She also states that religious organizations (charities and hospitals) will be exempt for another year. Again true, although delaying government mandates against religion isn’t exactly a point on the side of the Obama administration.

Third, Cutter writes that individual religious beliefs will be protected. No woman will be forced to take contraceptives and no doctor will be forced to proscribe them. According to Cutter, this means that no one’s religious conscience is violated. Unless you’re the head of a Catholic hospital and you’re forced to pay the insurance policy for an employee receiving contraceptives as part of your medical care. Or do church officials not count as individuals with a right to conscience?

Fourth, Cutter has the audacity to claim that 75% of women are actually behind the Obamacare mandate stating that churches should be forced to provide contraception.
Their facts to back this up? They claim 71% of Americans and 77% of Catholic women support it (the mandate). They also state that 98% of Catholic women use contraceptives.

Now, there’s no data on AttackWatch, however there is a link embedded in the text which brings you to the source of the information- Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.

Here is Planned Parenthood’s breakdown of their survey:

• 71 percent of all voters, including men and women, say prescription birth control should be included as preventive health care services, covered without any out-of-pocket costs.
• Seven in 10 Republican women (72 percent) said that birth control should be included as preventive health care, covered without any out-of-pocket costs.

• 77 percent of Catholic women voters said that birth control should be covered as preventive health care without any out-of-pocket costs. 


Notice the question not asked- whether women, especially Catholic women, even though they use birth control, believe their Church should be forced to provide contraceptives. So the 75% of women who supposedly think the Church should be forced to violate its conscience live only in the progressive minds of the Obama administration. Also, if 98% of women already use birth control, is there really an availability problem. And if Planned Parenthood, the darling of the left, is doing such a good job providing reproductive services to women, why does the Obama administration need to force the Church to cover contraception?

Fifth, Cutter states that the mandate will reduce employer health care payouts by 15 to 17 percent. This might sound great until you realize that this is projected savings is a result of health care services for babies that will not be born. Not only that, but these savings are purely hypothetical. The savings comes from money that is projected to be spent on the medical services a baby requires. If a baby is never born, and those services are never billed, then no money was spent, hence there is no real savings.

Cutter’s sixth point and conclusion is- President Obama loves the religious community! Apparently, the health care mandate, which forces religious employers to violate their belief that abortion is wrong, is a shining example of his commitment to religious liberty. Which actually sums up the president’s views on religion pretty well- he thinks they’re wonderful as long as they do what he wants.

So there you have it, as AttackWatch says. Indeed- there you have it. Here you have a crystal clear example of Obama’s contempt for the Constitution, and his clear contempt for the thinking brains of the American people. His endorsement of such blatant lies shows his character clearly.

So please, as AttackWatch concludes- “Now we need your help to spread the word about the administration’s stance.” Stand for truth and religious freedom and spread the words about AttackWatch’s lies.

For more information see:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/survey-nearly-three-four-voters-america-support-fully-covering-prescription-birth-control-33863.htm

http://www.attackwatch.com/debunking-the-so-called-war-on-religion/