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When fact-checking, it helps to use facts

Looks like Fleckman is walking back some of his ownership of the right-wing talking points. Yet, they’re still factually incorrect.

When I published my original post calling him out on them, I was accused of attributing modified talking points to him. Let’s get that factual error out of the way first. If you read my post, I don’t even mention Fleckman until my paragraph where I refer to him as the originator, with a link back to his original posts. My Google document debunking them was entitled “Rebuttal to Fleckman’s lies”, which could have been viewed as containing original quotes, so I modified my title and added a link back to his original post for clarification.

Accusations notwithstanding, his effort to correct Politifact (who he evidently accuses of lifting his posts and modifying them) still contains factual errors. Major factual errors. Here’s an example:

ME ā€“ Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill ā€“ YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!! So if the Government sets limits for annual out of pocket spending for an individual and for a family then the Government has to control costs for the health services delivered. How? Through rationing of those services. Politifact ā€“ I believe Iā€™m owed a TRUE.

Your health care is rationed now. It’s simply rationed by insurance companies. But factually, there’s a huge leap between setting caps on out-of-pocket costs and saying “the government has to control costs for the health services delivered”. It’s equally simple to say “you’ll have to buy supplemental insurance for services exceeding basic services.” Neither statement is fact. It’s simply a projection of a might, maybe, could be.

This is the fact:
The House version of the health care reform bill calls for a cap on out-of-pocket expenses. That’s all. Projecting beyond that is writing fiction as fact.

There are other misstatements in Fleckman’s rebuttal to Politifact, but correcting them belongs in a stand-alone document, which I will prepare and link here.

What everyone needs to understand about health care reform and the House proposal is pretty simple: It was not crafted out of some evil intent to rob you, hurt you, invade you, or take away your livelihood. It was crafted after open meetings with all interested parties, is imperfect, less than what we should be doing, but more than what we have right now. It contains eight basic consumer protections that help us all.

Unfortunately, the insurance companies don’t want you to know that.

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