“I was on Obamacare. I was on the exchanges as a member of the House, okay? I had the same plan that somebody who makes a lot less than I did at the time would have. I had a $12,000 or $15,000 a year annual deductible. I could afford it. How could the person who makes one-fifth of what I was making ever afford to go to the doctor?” —White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” March 14, 2017
White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered a number of attacks and claims during a news briefing dominated by the new Congressional Budget Office report on the House Republican replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. The report estimated that 24 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2026 if the law were approved in its current form, causing political headaches for the effort to replace Obamacare. Here’s a guide to his rhetoric.
“It’s there. Anybody can read it. Folks watching on television now can go online and read what the bill is. They can watch the committee hearings. Those are things that were dramatically missing in Obamacare.” — White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” March 12, 2017
There is no rule that politicians must remain consistent in their policies. Circumstances change, both economically and politically, and a skillful politician certainly can adjust his or her positions accordingly.
But politicians need to explain to voters why they changed their minds. At The Fact Checker, we award an Upside-Down Pinocchio when a politician shifts position on a policy without acknowledging that they did so.
Welcome to the seventh installment of our occasional Friday feature looking at what the president got wrong on Twitter in a given week. The president has been less active on Twitter in recent weeks, so it’s been almost a month since our last roundup.
But he was back at it this week. Here’s a look at false or misleading claims that Trump made in 20 tweets in the past week, including one from the @POTUS account.
“I’m very pleased to announce the great company ExxonMobil is going to be investing $20 billion in the Gulf Coast and the Gulf Coast region. … This was something that was done to a large extent because of our policies and the policies of this new administration having to do with regulators and so many other things.” -- President Trump, video message on Facebook, March 6
“#Trumpcare cuts @PPFA funds, hurting millions of women who turn there for mammograms, maternity care, cancer screenings & more.” — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), post on Twitter, March 7, 2017
There are some claims about abortion and Planned Parenthood that just won’t go away. One of them is the repeat claim about Planned Parenthood and mammograms. So of course, Schumer’s tweet caught our attention.
“Obamacare has been a disaster for Ohio families. … We’re paying more for health care. A lot more. … It’s time to repeal and replace the health-care mess voted for by Senator Sherrod Brown. … Congress can start by eliminating Obamacare’s one trillion dollars in tax hikes.”
“According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.” — President Trump, speech to Congress, Feb. 28, 2017
One of the key arguments by the administration in its efforts to curb both legal and illegal immigration is an economic one: that immigration is harmful to the American economy and American workers.
“The Attorney General has reported to me that more than 300 persons who entered the United States as refugees are currently the subjects of counterterrorism investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” — President Trump, executive order on immigration, March 6, 2017