The Lies They Love To Tell: Republicans On The Affordable Care Act

March 25, 2011 3:29 pm ET — Meredith Kormes

One of the favorite pastimes of many Republicans is to tell lies about the Affordable Care Act and talk about all the supposedly sinister things the health care law does. Many of these falsehoods are well-worn and have been previously debunked.

Watch our roundup of the top Republican lies about the health care law and get the facts below the fold:

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): Everybody in the country understands that this is a Washington takeover of our health care.

FACT: PolitiFact dubbed the characterization of health care as a government takeover the 2010 Lie of the Year.

REP. PAUL BROUN (R-GA): The whole of Obamacare is geared to force everybody out of private insurance into public insurance policy.

FACT: PolitiFact points out that the law is "at its heart, a system that relies on private companies and the free market."

REP. PAUL BROUN (R-GA):  Obamacare. Obamacare, Madame Speaker, is going to kill jobs in America.

FACT: Multiple sources have reported that the health care law doesn't destroy jobs; it actually creates them.

REP. ERIC CANTOR (R-VA): Their proposal blows a hole in the deficit, ours actually saves money.

FACT: According to the Congressional Budget Office, the health care law would reduce the deficit and the Republicans' plan to repeal the law would add $230 billion to the deficit.

GOV. HALEY BARBOUR (R-MS): We can try to make sure that appropriated money cannot be used to further this — not to hire those 16,000 IRS agents that we found out after the fact were going to be needed to enforce this law that the Democrats like to think that everybody's gonna love.  If everybody's gonna love it, why do you need 16-17,000 new IRS agents to enforce it?

FACT: FactCheck.org called the IRS claim "wildly inaccurate."

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI): When you take away the smoke and the mirrors, this thing has a $701 billion deficit.

FACT: The Congressional Budget Office said the health care law reduces the deficit and does not use "smoke and mirrors" to do so.

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY): This health care law that Harry Reid loves, that the President is going to try to take credit for tomorrow, they took 500 billion dollars from our seniors on Medicare.

FACT: The supposed cuts in Medicare are really reductions in the growth of future spending over 10 years.

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY): It's bad for patients and they know it, it's bad for providers, the nurses and the doctors that take care of patients, and they know it.

FACT: The health care law includes many provisions that benefit patients, as well as providers.

REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): We discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over 105 billion dollars was hidden in the Obamacare legislation to fund the implementation of Obamacare. This is something that wasn't known. This money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bills.

FACT: Several sources debunked the claim that there was money "hidden" in the health care law.

Check out our fact sheets to learn about the benefits the Affordable Care Act provides to small businessesseniors,consumerswomen and young adults.

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