Sunday, July 20, 2014

Debatepolitics.com: A tale of two guarantees?

We've guest-posted one argument against PolitiFact from debatepolitics.org, and now it's time to highlight another. This one comes from "Zyphlin," comparing PolitiFact's rating of Obamacare-related statements from President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Eric Cantor:
Obama states "Here’s a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance." He's ACTUALLY stating it as a guarantee, and Politifact gives that a "half true" and basically judges it based on their opinion of what Obama really meant.

Cantor states "The people who have health care and like it in this county are not going to be able to keep what they have." He doesn't say the word guarantee, but Politifact[']s opinion is that he is suggesting a guarantee and rate it as "mostly false."
"Zyphlin" goes on to say both Obama and Cantor made false statements.  There we don't agree.

Cantor's statement, made in an interview after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA's individual mandate, simply meant that Obama's promise was false.

It's important to note the parallel wording.  Cantor borrows Obama's line about people liking their health insurance, then contradicts the president's promise that those people will be able to keep their health care plans.

Obama receives a "Half True" rating.

Cantor gets a "Mostly False" rating.

It's yet another fact-checking travesty wrought by PolitiFact and PolitiFact Virginia.

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