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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Debunking Health Care Reform Myths - 9

MYTH 9: Obama said he didn't read House bill

CLAIM: Obama "admitted" that he has not read the House health care reform bill.

  • Limbaugh asserted that Obama "doesn't know what's in the bill! He admits he doesn't know." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/21/09]
  • "Obama Admits He's 'Not Familiar' With House Bill" [Heritage Foundation, 7/21/09]
  • HANNITY: "The president even admitted before the press conference -- the day before -- he hadn't read the bill." [Hannity, 7/24/09]

REALITY: Obama actually said he was "not familiar" with opponents' false talking point that bill would ban private individual insurance. During a July 20 conference call, a blogger asked Obama to comment on the claim made in the July 15 IBD editorial -- which is false -- that the bill, in the blogger's words, "will make individual private medical insurance illegal." Obama responded, "You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you're talking about."


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