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2 Pinocchios for Schumer Claim, Repeated by Blumenthal/Murphy, That GOP “Kicking” People Off Care

November 16, 2017 By Staff
2 Pinocchios for Schumer Claim, Repeated by Blumenthal/Murphy, That GOP “Kicking” People Off Care

The Washington Post called out Chuck Schumer for his "problematic" statements on repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate. Blumenthal and Murphy have made the same claims.

On Thursday, The Washington Post gave two (out of a possible four) “Pinocchios” to Chuck Schumer’s claim that the GOP’s proposed repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate is “kicking” 13 million people off their health care.

Here’s the claim the Post found “problematic” from Schumer:

“We’re kicking 13 million people off health insurance to give tax cuts to the wealthy.”

The Post wrote:

CBO, in estimating the impact of repealing the individual mandate, is mostly describing a voluntary action of people choosing not to buy health insurance. That’s not the same as “kicking off” 13 million people.

However, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have made similar claims.

Blumenthal tweeted on Wednesday:

Murphy was more pithy, but his tweet made a similar claim:

Will Blumenthal and Murphy apologize for misleading constituents?