The most popular fact checks of April


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Our monthly round-up of the most popular columns reverts to the pattern of all but last month: Columns about Obamacare dominate the list.

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1: The bogus claim that Obamacare has boosted the number of uninsured

The most widely read column — by a huge margin — gave Four Pinocchios to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) for claiming the health-care law increased the number of uninsured people in his state. It certainly helped that Huelskamp issued a news release denouncing the column — which generated news stories and editorials across the state. Thanks, Mr. Congressman.


 

 

 

2: President Obama’s persistent ’77-cent’ claim on the wage gap gets a new Pinocchio rating

After President Obama once again cited the statistic that the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, we boosted the rating on this claim to Two Pinocchios. There is a wage gap and closing it is certainly a worthy goal, but we explained that there are serious problems with this figure. The column got results: The president dropped the figure in his weekly radio address on the issue.


 

 

 

3: Obamacare enrollment numbers: What we know and what we don’t know

This was a tour through the numbers about the Affordable Care Act, which politicians all too often get wrong, as shown in the Truth Teller video that accompanied the column.

 

4: Do 72 percent of for-profit programs have graduates making less than high school dropouts?

The Fact Checker took a deep dive in examining the Education Department’s math behind the claim that 72 percent of for-profit education institutions produce graduates who on average earned less than high school dropouts. The column generated wide reader interest but the Education Department was not happy, issuing a lengthy statement defending its methodology.


 

 

 

5: ‘Billions’ spent on attacking Obamacare?

Obama asserted that opponents had spent “billions” of dollars opposing the health-care law, but the actual total was nearly $500 million — about five times more than ads supporting the law. Some readers thought we were too gentle in assigning Two Pinocchios to the president, given that the federal government spent $700 million promoting the need for health insurance and HealthCare.gov.


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