January 26, 2012 9:55 am ET filed under Blog
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October 06, 2011 2:01 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, initiated an investigation of Planned Parenthood's financial records looking for misappropriated federal funds and requesting paperwork going back over 13 years. This Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood is part of a larger fight in which Republicans are trying to prevent women from being in control of their reproductive health. To that end, House Republicans introduced a multitude of bills and amendments since January that would chip away at women's reproductive rights by eliminating Title X funding, defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing harsh restrictions on funding for abortions, replacing sexual education programs with abstinence-only programs, redefining rape to limit abortion exceptions, reinstating the global gag rule, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and imposing harsher parental notification laws.
October 04, 2011 10:48 am ET filed under Blog
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June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check
The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.
June 02, 2011 12:03 pm ET filed under Blog
May 26, 2011 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check
Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To "1967 Borders"
Since his speech on the Middle East last Thursday, President Obama's opponents have falsely attacked him for calling on Israel to return to its "1967 borders." In reality, Obama repeated the ordinary belief that an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal should result in two states with secure borders "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," which will allow Israel to retain large settlements in the West Bank. Addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the president explained very clearly that his original statement meant that the final border negotiated between the parties "will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967." However, that hasn't stopped many House Republicans from perpetuating a smear against Obama for something he never actually said.
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November 02, 2010 1:32 pm ET filed under Blog
October 25, 2010 4:49 pm ET filed under Health Care
The Affordable Care Act delivers comprehensive health care reform to 1.1 million seniors in New Jersey. The law improves the quality and scope of health care by closing Medicare's prescription drug benefits gap; empowers seniors to stay in their homes and still receive long-term care services; guarantees comprehensive preventive care coverage; and eliminates insurance company loopholes that have been used to deny coverage. By slashing government waste, fraud, and abuse within the Medicare and Medicaid system, the law not only saves taxpayer dollars but also provides seniors with better coverage.
October 20, 2010 2:11 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The Center for Individual Freedom has launched a series of ads attacking the economic policies supported by Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA) and John Adler (D-NJ). CFIF invokes the standard right-wing talking point in claiming that the stimulus has "failed" and has "killed our jobs," when in reality, the program stabilized the economy and saved millions of jobs. The organization also criticizes Adler and Costa for "increasing the debt limit" by trillions — action that the CFIF fails to note was necessary for preventing the U.S. from, effectively, entering into default.
October 13, 2010 4:56 pm ET filed under Health Care
With all the confusion around the passage of the new health care law, many of the benefits have been lost in the mix. Until President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, racial and ethnic minorities were often left out in the cold when it came to accessing affordable, effective, and high quality health care. The Affordable Care Act narrows the disparities in the health care system for minority groups by guaranteeing access to health services.
October 08, 2010 10:46 am ET filed under Health Care
October 08, 2010 10:21 am ET filed under Health Care
In this economic climate, families and small businesses need the government on their side. For too long, partisan politicians have sided with big corporate donors at the expense of main street Americans. Until now. The new health care reform law provides tax breaks for roughly 126,800 small businesses in New Jersey that offer health insurance coverage to their employees.
October 01, 2010 4:14 pm ET filed under Health Care
October 01, 2010 3:51 pm ET filed under Health Care
In a back-door move to eliminate critical services provided under the new health care reform law, some opponents of reform may seek to shut down the federal government in order to defund the program. By failing to authorize federal funds for key components of the health care reform law, these individuals would deny thousands of New Jersey residents critical health services that are available through Medicare, Medicaid, and even Veterans Affairs.
September 29, 2010 6:21 pm ET filed under Health Care
September 29, 2010 6:02 pm ET filed under Health Care
As part of their radical 2010 agenda, Republicans are assuring Americans they will repeal the new health care reform law - despite growing support among Americans who recognize the great benefits of reform. This extreme plan would eliminate health insurance for millions of New Jersey residents, raise taxes on small businesses and increase the federal deficit.
September 20, 2010 9:27 pm ET filed under Health Care
September 20, 2010 9:14 pm ET filed under Health Care
Insurance companies have profited from the illnesses and ailments of consumers for many years. One of the major facets of the new health care law will prevent insurance companies from preying on unsuspecting Americans. The law will make it illegal for insurance companies to drop coverage of policyholders for trivial reasons and will allow for an improved appeals process if an insurance company refuses to cover or pay for services. Here are some details on this major aspect of the law that will be implemented starting September 23, 2010.