REALITY: MOURDOCK’S CLAIM THAT HEALTH CARE REFORM CUTS MEDICARE HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY DEBUNKED:
Health care reform does not cut Medicare. The claim that reform cuts Medicare has been repeatedly debunked and Mourdock still repeats it. The Washington Post called it “misleading,” and found that the health care bill “actually puts Medicare on a more solid financial footing.” Other independent fact checkers, like Factcheck.org, agree and stressed that “time and again” they've pointed out exactly how misleading this claim is. [Washington Post, 6/14/11; FactCheck.org, 9/17/10, 8/20/10, 3/19/10, 6/13/12]
REALITY: HEALTH CARE REFORM IS NOT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE:
Independent fact checkers have dubbed this the "Lie of the Year." The government is not taking over medicine, taking over hospitals, or controlling doctors. Americans can stay on their employer-provided health care. They can keep their doctors. The ACA does not have any government-run insurance plan. [PolitiFact, 12/16/10]
REALITY: HOW CAN STRUGGLING HOOSIERS TAKE RICHARD MOURDOCK SERIOUSLY WHEN...
Mourdock Believes Only A Small Percentage Of Americans Are Uninsured. “Mourdock said the problem with the 2010 health care law championed by Obama is that it tries to be everything to everybody. But in so doing, Obama is shooting a cannon at a fly, he said, because only a small percentage of Americans are uninsured, with many of those facing only temporary hardships.
He said the result is compromised health care. ‘If someone develops the methodology to help that narrow group of people, I’d certainly look at it,’ he said. ‘But let’s not cloud the real issue.’” [The Republic, 6/13/12]
- Indiana has 864,400 uninsured, 14% of the population. Among the US population: 16.3% uninsured. [Kaiser]