Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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Q: Does the Senate’s health bill contain a provision that can’t be repealed? A: No. It would create an Independent Medicare Advisory Board that could be repealed by a vote of three-fifths of the Senate.
In Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, only 20 percent of the population lives above the poverty line. Source: CIA World Factbook
Haiti is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland. Source: CIA World Factbook
In the Massachusetts special election campaign for the Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy, the conservative American Future Fund and Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s campaign are on the air with misleading attack ads. AFF’s ad uses a Coakley quote, “We need to get taxes up,” to portray her as a tax-hiker. But …
About 25 percent of adults aged 19 to 64 have ever received a pneumococcal vaccination, and 60 percent of adults aged 65 years and older have received the vaccine. Source: CDC
This week, readers sent us comments on small business lawsuits, climate data, requests for a TV show and high praise from the Army. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be edited for length.
We’ve been questioning the Obama administration’s claim that the stimulus bill would "save or create more than 3.5 million jobs" since the president began saying it. In February, we pointed out that although several economists made such a projection, they all said there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding these …
The largest category of salt sales by use in the U.S. is highway salt. Source: Salt Institute
Q: Has President Obama taken more vacation time than his predecessors? A: According to one count, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush spent more time on "vacation" during their first year than President Obama did. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton spent less time on "vacation."
The rumor that President Barack Obama refuses, or doesn’t know how, to say the pledge of allegiance just won’t die. Since early in his presidential candidacy, we’ve been getting e-mails with photos that purport to show Obama failing to properly salute the flag during the pledge of allegiance or the …