On Thursday, left-wing fact-checker Politifact, a site known more for its biases than its quality fact-checking, stepped into a pile of dung once again. This time, they blasted President Trump with a fake news fact-check that demonstrates just how dishonest they are.
Here’s their headline:
So, what did the White House say that was so wrong? Trump stated, “Obamacare has led to fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans.”
This is indisputably true. Just yesterday, Anthem Blue Cross pulled out of the Obamacare exchanges in Wisconsin and Indiana. Health insurance rates have risen dramatically. As CNBC reported last week, “As many as 1,200 counties are projected to have just one such insurer next year. More counties could be left ‘bare,’ or with just one insurer in coming weeks as insurers announce their intentions.” And this doesn’t take into account the fact that many Obamacare plans have cut patients off from their doctors – if you liked your doctor, you couldn’t keep your doctor.
Those who have been added to the insurance rolls under Obamacare aren’t actually buying health insurance for the most part – they’re being forced onto Medicaid.
So instead of dealing with that claim, Politifact made up an unrelated claim: that the number of insured had dropped overall. Nobody said that, though. If you count Medicaid coverage – which doesn’t actually improve health outcomes – the numbers are up. But that’s not what Trump claimed.
Here’s Politifact admitting the truth all the way at the bottom of their “fact-check”:
The sole thread of truth is that with the insurance exchanges set up by the law, the number of carriers has dwindled.
Oh, you mean the only claim here was true? And you made up a series of alternative claims to knock down?
Politifact is ridiculous. Their drive to check “fake news” from the left only makes them purveyors of it.