The the Chamber of Commerce – which has received millions from the insurance industry to oppose health care reform – attacks Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for stating that the Affordable Care Act “pays for itself, actually reduces the deficit.” Instead, the Chamber claims, the law will add over $300 billion to federal debt. But the Chamber gets its figures from a dishonest study by a GOP operative who works for the Koch-funded Mercatus Center. The nonpartisan CBO, meanwhile, has affirmed that overall the health care law reduces the deficit by more than $200 billion over the next decade.Read more after the jump.
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An ad from the secretive American Future Fund (AFF) makes a series of claims about the economy to argue that Americans are not “better off” under President Obama. But the ad the ignores the impact of the calamitous recession Obama inherited – as well as more than 4.5 million private-sector jobs over the last 29 months of growth – and cites misleading statistics to paint an inaccurate picture of Obama’s record.Read more after the jump.
In an ad attacking Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce takes a 2010 quote by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) out of context in order to suggest that Democrats hid the law’s contents from the American people. In fact, Pelosi said she was eager for Americans to learn more about the Affordable Care Act “away from the fog of the controversy” created in large part by Republican misinformation – such as the other false claims in the ad about Medicare “cuts” and “lost jobs.”Read more after the jump.
An ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticizes Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, listing a series of negative things “we know about Obamacare.” Those bits of supposed knowledge, however, are badly misinformed. Despite the ad’s allegations, the health care law does not “kill jobs,” does not “cut” Medicare benefits, and lowers deficits by more than $200 billion over a decade. Unfortunately, such dishonest attacks have become standard for the Chamber, which took mountains of money from health insurers to fight against reform.Read more after the jump.
In an ad attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his support of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleges that “Obamacare will cost taxpayers nearly $2 trillion, kill jobs, and could disrupt coverage for millions.” Those claims significantly distort the facts, and repealing the law, as the Chamber advocates, would cause millions of Americans to lose coverage. The Chamber’s dishonesty is predictable, however, given that the group has received massive donations from the insurance industry to fight against reform.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) with vintage distortions of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on seniors. The ad portrays the law as “a nightmare for Florida seniors” by misleadingly suggesting it will knock 20 million people off their current health care coverage and claiming it is paid for with “$500 billion in Medicare cuts.” No matter how many times that old claim is recited, there’s still no cut to Medicare benefits in the bill – and the spending provisions the ad refers to were included in the GOP’s budget.Read more after the jump.
An ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce relies on a set of unfounded suppositions about American energy in order to bolster Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Gas prices were high at the time of the ad, as the Chamber insinuates with images of a gas pump counting upward, but they’ve come down – and with oil prices set on the world market, there’s not much that increased domestic production could do to provide relief anyway. Upton does, as the ad claims, say that building the Keystone pipeline will create jobs and lower our dependence on foreign oil, but studies indicate that that’s not true. Claiming that Upton is “fighting the bureaucracy that is standing in the way of new American energy development,” the Chamber glosses over the fact that American crude oil production and exports are up under the Obama administration.Read more after the jump.
In an ad attacking former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce resorts to the dishonest claim that the law will knock 20 million people off their current health care coverage. The Chamber ad also cited Florida U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling against the law, which legal scholars considered problematic even before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in June.Read more after the jump.
President Obama’s opponents have spent more than three years blaming him for the economic mess the Bush administration left behind, but an ad from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is particularly disingenuous. Taking aim at the Obama campaign’s slogan “Forward,” Crossroads cherry-picks several statistics to claim the country has moved “backward” under the president. However, the economic picture they paint only reflects the magnitude of the recession that started in late 2007, almost a year before Obama was elected. In addition to whitewashing the dismal Bush record, Crossroads conveniently ignores significant evidence of progress, such as the 4.5 million private-sector jobs added over 29 consecutive months of growth.Read more after the jump.
Cherry-picking details from news reports, Americans For Prosperity bills the Recovery Act as a wasteful boondoggle funneling money to foreign projects instead of creating American jobs. In reality, Recovery Act sustained millions of American jobs and boosted the economy, while a closer look reveals that AFP’s stories about stimulus money going to Mexico, Finland, and China quickly fall apartRead more after the jump.