"Obamacare": Nancy Barto, Senate Health Chair, Drops Multiple Debunked Talking Points About Law, Including the "Lie of the Year"

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Republican state Senator Nancy Barto is the chairman of the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee, which would make you think Barto knows a thing or two about how health care works.

After taking a look at her comments on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- "Obamacare" -- it looks like she may know only one thing or two about how health care works.

When we noticed she used the phrase "government takeover of health care" -- dubbed "Lie of the Year" by the fact-checkers at PolitiFact -- we checked out some of the other claims she made about the law, and it's not too factual for the chair of a health care committee.

You can read her entire statement at the bottom of this post, but we'll list out the not-so-true statements she made about the law that have already been debunked by PolitiFact:

  • "Now, the only way to save the country from ObamaCare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a President and Congress who understand the answer to rising health care costs is not, and never will be, Bigger Government and more government control."

As we noted, the law's label of being a "government takeover of health care" was already given the gold medal of political lies by PolitiFact. The fact-checkers labeled it so outlandish that its readers found it to be a bigger lie than Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's claim that President Obama was spending $200 million a day on a trip to India.

  • "A $500 billion tax increase."

That claim earned a "half true" rating, which would also imply that it's half false. According to the fact-checkers' analysis, some of the taxes in calculating that $500 billion aren't new -- thus, not contributing toward the "increase" -- and the total tax bill is expected to hit as high as $465 billion, which is close anyway.

  • "In fact, this is the largest tax increase imposed on America in our nation's history."

"False," PolitiFact says, with a nice comparison based on the estimates.

"The health care-related tax increases are smaller than the tax increase signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and a temporary tax signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson," the ruling says. "And they are significantly smaller than two tax increases passed during World War II and a tax increase passed in 1961."

  • "It makes it harder for small businesses to hire workers and expand."

This exact claim wasn't checked by PolitiFact, but it did check a claim that the law "has hampered hiring by driving up business costs." Sounds similar, and it's "mostly false." It may have "some elements of truth," the fact-checkers rule, but there are "too few actual lost jobs or slowdowns attributable to health reform" to claim that's a fact.

  • "It limits Americans' choice in healthcare and intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship and it creates trillions in new government spending we cannot afford, while slashing Medicare."

The line about intruding on the doctor-patient relationship is questionable, according to one of PolitiFact's checks, but the line about "slashing Medicare" earns Barto another "false" from the fact-checkers.

Medicare spending is projected to go up by more than $400 billion from 2009 to 2020 under the Affordable Care Act.

Not exactly what you'd hope for from the chair of a health care committee, huh?

Barto's statement -- which we'll reproduce below -- does have at least one truth ("it was sold to us expressly as NOT being a tax"), but the rest is mostly rhetoric:

Stopping Obamacare is now up to the American people. The Court's decision to uphold the mandate forcing Americans to purchase government-approved insurance based on its being a tax is disappointing to say the least, as it was sold to us expressly as NOT being a tax. In fact, this is the largest tax increase imposed on America in our nation's history. A $500 billion tax increase. And it's only the beginning.

Now, the only way to save the country from ObamaCare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a President and Congress who understand the answer to rising health care costs is not, and never will be, Bigger Government and more government control.

ObamaCare is hurting the economy and must be repealed. Even though it has been held constitutional, it is still bad law. Healthcare costs continue to increase exponentially - despite the web of new government rules and regulations. It makes it harder for small businesses to hire workers and expand. It limits Americans' choice in healthcare and intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship and it creates trillions in new government spending we cannot afford, while slashing Medicare.

Only full repeal can end this damage and stop things from getting worse.

America needs real health care reform, and that means repealing ObamaCare.

We must enact commonsense, step-by-step reforms based on the free market and not dictated by the government. We must protect Americans' access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. This is possible and Americans know it.



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northjd.lkelizabeth
northjd.lkelizabeth

When we noticed she used the phrase "government takeover of health care" -- dubbed "Lie of the Year" by the fact-checkers at PolitiFact -- we checked out some of the other claims she made about the law, and it's not too factual for the chair of a health care committee.

 

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sarum
sarum

Bill Moyers: 'Look Who's Really Writing the Healthcare Bill - Big Pharma & The Insurance Lobby'   http://dailybail.com/home/bill-moyers-look-whos-really-writing-the-healthcare-bill-big.html When will we the people wake up?  When the obedient thought shapers talk about freedom the only freedom they are talking about is the freedom of huge corporations to rape rob pillage and kill the rest of us.  And no, I am not being dramatic or overstating it one single bit.

Hock
Hock

We only have voters to blame.  

sarum
sarum

For many it is about the stranglehold one type of healthcare has on the whole industry, what is legal, what is covered and individual choice vs. excessive profit that belies their stated motive - of healing the sick.  Then there is the truth in medicine issue where there are many people who could be healed if scientific inquiring minds actually worked in healthcare.  For how many millions of Americans are sick and dying because even when the symptoms are staring them in the face the doctors cannot see them.  I personally have seen repeatedly the quandary that doctors and other healthcare professionals are in when they cannot understand what their equipment is showing them.  They bang on their equipment like Neanderthals, they switch the equipment out for another, when they still get the same results do they ever do research to figure out why my body is doing this insane thing?  No.  Not only that, they will not even write what they witnessed on my medical file so that I might have proof of something really wrong for my own legal/financial reasons - like trying to keep my job even though I am too sick to work every day?   Nope, they are incapable of even being witness to the truth that they saw with their own equipments and their own scientific tests.   To me this is proof that these people have been so ground down by the corporate interest that even scientific integrity is obviously compromised to profit interests, not to mention that they have lost their humanity to the corporation.  So then the question becomes  what is the true cause of this illness that I have?  Are corporate profit interests part of why I cannot get Dx & treatment?  How much stronger will the medical profiteers be when partnered with government?

Anon
Anon

Bnbk, You nailed it!

sarum
sarum

I am glad that Obama made this Health Care Reform.  No I don't particularly like it but the status quo was horrible and fixing it has been long overdue.  Now we have to fix it.  When this healthcare reform debate emerged it seemed that I became separated from all media and talking heads that I formerly trusted because I was not so young and dumb to believe their lies and each and every one of them parroted the same talking point lies as if they were fact.  Hopefully we can sort through all the lies and misinformation put out by monied corporate interests and get this thing right.  Today I heard the Mitt stating that lots of Americans like the insurance they have now.  No we don't.  Personally I think the medical insurance industry should be made illegal.  Doctors these days seem much more aware of finances and legalities than they do of medicine.  I have been to hospital many times.  Sadly, if I know what is wrong with me prior to entering hospital I can get it fixed.  If I don't know what is wrong with me they will never find it.  That is the truth and it is very scary thing.

Bnbk
Bnbk

The Republi-Cons never will because the Affordable Care Act was the brainchild of an intelligent Black man.and they cannot see beyond this fact. They will stick with their regressive way of thinking,our country be damned.

sarum
sarum

 It is criminal to punish people for not making a sustainable wage when the 1% has outsourced/offshored their jobs while allowing criminal bankster usury and criminally high salary for top CEO's.  You want to punish little people for being irresponsible when in actuality it is our politicians who have been irresponsible?  Exactly how are the millions of Americans who have to spend 1/2 their monthly income on housing alone going to pay your "penalty?"  Housing Costs: Record Number Of Households Spending More Than Half Of Income On Housing http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/housing-costs-half-of-income_n_1587865.html They think that was 20.2 million in '10.  Guarantee it's many more now. 1 out of 4 US workers has a job paying $10 or less. http://www.mybudget360.com/low-wage-america-middle-class-incomes-and-employment-fields-income-growth-average-incomes/ I have seen Lexus' delivering pizza.  But I am so glad that you showed us that you buy into all the mischaracterization and hate flying around and that you believe that millions of Americans are "lazy, irresponsible dolts."  I am sure that you think that you and your oh so witty and intelligent friends really are worth more in $ than the pathetic rest of us.  Yeccchh!  You have an entitlement mindset my dear.  You make me want to vomit.

Mia
Mia

IT’S ABOUT THE JOBS! The health care initiative will create more jobs than we’ve seen since the dot.com...nurses, x-ray techs, claims processors, medical transcribers, delivery drivers, laundry services...plus huge sales increases for small businesses manufacturing the products and equipment needed to serve the millions of people who will now begin to use the health care system. If we train the unemployed to fill those jobs over the next two years, their payroll taxes will fill the state and federal coffers with funds again and help lift us out of the recession. So why is NO ONE in power talking about this - it's all the rest of us can talk about! Why hasn't the Obama team made the connection between the health care act, and THE JOBS!?

TruConserv
TruConserv

More accurately, they are all what comes with Shane Wikfors is in charge of communication over at the AZGOP. Wikfors is so accustomed to pandering to the tin-foil wingnuts that he never seems to find time to actually work within the GOP to see that they actually speak truthfully in public. At one level, Shane's strategy of deception works: his wingnut base laps it up.  If you think the truth is more important that power, that elections should be free and fair and absent sleaze, then Shane ain't for you. Let's return the AZGOP to, you know, actual conservatives. Show SFB Shane the door.

guest
guest

Another graduate of the Jan Brewer and Russell Pearce academy of making things up as you see fit to make a point.

Marcy
Marcy

Nine Supreme Court justices didn't declare it constitutional.  Five did.  Four said it wasn't. 

sarum
sarum

 That is false.  Fric or Frac?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 You people who deny the Constitution in one situation (Obama cares) also deny it on its foundation - The SCOTUS is a majority opinion branch of government.   Therefore is a majority decide something - that's it.  You are so ignorant of our form of government you can't even reason correctly!  BTW - The four that said it wasn't constitutional are NUTS!  Scalia especially - he's certifiable!  Check out what his religious beliefs are - it's absolutely freaking nuts! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_dei http://housedocs.house.gov/energycommerce/ppacacon.pdf

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