AP FACT CHECK: Sen. Graham and Biden on Obamacare, Barrett

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday launched into revisionist history on “Obamacare,” implying it was designed to help Democratic states like California, New York and Massachusetts while doling out less to states like his, South Carolina.

In doing so, Sen. Lindsey Graham skipped over the fact that health insurance is generally more expensive in places with a high cost of living. Also, South Carolina is among 12 conservative states that have not adopted the law’s Medicaid expansion, a big source of federal subsidies.

For their part, Democrats pressed concerns that their presidential candidate also voiced at the start of the hearings — particularly that Amy Coney Barrett on the court would be a sure vote to kill “Obamacare.” That’s not at all certain based on her words in the past. She declared Tuesday: “I’m not here on a mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act.”

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Fact check: The British government is not combining data on COVID-19 and the flu; it is publishing the separate data together in one report

A screenshot of an official coronavirus report has been used to wrongly suggest that data on COVID-19 and influenza are now being combined in England.

Reuters Fact Check. REUTERS

The photo, uploaded to numerous accounts in mid-October, is seen in these posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here), and has been taken from a weekly COVID-19 surveillance report published on the Public Health England (PHE) website on Oct. 2 (here).

In this particular report, one line reads: “This will be the last COVID-19 surveillance report, as of 8 October 2020, the information in this report will be published in a combined Weekly flu and COVID-19 Surveillance Report on GOV.UK.”

This line has since been used to illustrate the Facebook users’ claims that PHE has decided to combine COVID-19 and influenza figures, with one person specifically asserting – falsely – that this would “create one statistic”.

Another said: “What do

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AP FACT CHECK: Lindsey Graham revises history on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday launched into revisionist history on “Obamacare,” implying it was designed to help Democratic states like California, New York and Massachusetts while doling out less to states like his, South Carolina.

In doing so, Sen. Lindsey Graham skipped over the fact that health insurance costs more in states like New York, and that South Carolina is among 12 conservative states that have not adopted the law’s Medicaid expansion, a big source of federal subsidies.

A look at the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman’s remark during questioning of nominee Amy Coney Barrett:

GRAHAM: “Under the Affordable Care Act, three states get 35% of the money, folks. Can you name them? I’ll help you, California, New York and Massachusetts. They’re 22% of the population. Now, why did they get 35% of the money when they are only 22% of the population? That’s the

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Fact: Being Outside Doesn’t Mean You’re Immune to Coronavirus (Even at the White House)

If you think you’re safe from the coronavirus just because you’re outdoors, think again.

While the wind and the large volume of air make the outdoors less risky than being indoors, circumstances matter.

Someone who is infectious can cough or sneeze, or just talk and, if you happen to inhale those respiratory droplets or they plop into your eye, you can get infected. If you shake hands with an infected person and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you also run a chance of getting infected. You don’t have to be inhaling an infected person’s air for very long. What matters is the dose.

As an infectious disease doctor, I get a lot of questions from patients about COVID-19 risks. Here are some answers about the risks outdoors.

Doesn’t Wind Make Outside Safer Than Inside?

It’s true that the wind helps disperse respiratory droplets that can carry viruses.

When

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Fact Check: Trump’s shaky claims on coronavirus, Democrat misfires

WASHINGTON >> Impatient to return to the campaign trail, President Donald Trump dubiously claimed he’s fully recovered and immune from COVID-19, hailed a cure that isn’t so and declared the coronavirus is “disappearing” even as cases spiked.

The comments over the weekend capped a week that featured the only vice presidential debate of 2020 and Trump’s hurried approach to leaving his convalescence behind and getting on with the campaign for the Nov. 3 election.

With confirmation hearings beginning today for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, made an unsubstantiated claim that Abraham Lincoln would’ve waited until after the election to fill the vacancy if he were in Trump’s shoes.

A look at the claims and reality:

CORONAVIRUS

TRUMP: “I’m immune … It could be a lifetime.” — interview Sunday on Fox News.

TRUMP: “A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors

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Fact Checker: Does Iowa rank 47th in coronavirus testing?

Viewers of the Oct. 3 U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield heard plenty about the novel coronavirus.

WHO-13 News political director Dave Price asked Greenfield if the $26 million spent on Test Iowa would’ve been better spent on the rapid tests each candidate took before the debate.

While criticizing the state’s efforts, Greenfield said, “Iowa ranks 47th in the nation in testing.”

Analysis

Greenfield did not specify during the debate in which metric of testing Iowa ranks 47th. The Fact Checker reached out to Greenfield’s campaign, which referred to an Oct. 1 Des Moines Register article.

Graded an A

The article cited a New York Times interactive report that used data from The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic and the Harvard Global Health Institute’s “testing target” — how many tests the state is giving versus how many the target says the state should be giving.

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shaky claims on virus, Dem misfires

WASHINGTON (AP) – Impatient to return to the campaign trail, President Donald Trump dubiously claimed he’s fully recovered and immune from COVID-19, hailed a cure that isn’t so and declared the coronavirus is “disappearing” even as cases spiked.

The comments over the weekend capped a week that featured the only vice presidential debate of 2020 and Trump’s hurried approach to leaving his convalescence behind and getting on with the campaign for the Nov. 3 election.

With confirmation hearings beginning Monday for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, made an unsubstantiated claim that Abraham Lincoln would’ve waited until after the election to fill the vacancy if he were in Trump’s shoes.

A look at the claims and reality:

CORONAVIRUS

TRUMP: “I’m immune … It could be a lifetime.” – interview Sunday on Fox News.

TRUMP: “A total and complete sign off from White

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Fact checking PAC ads attacking Hart, Miller-Meeks

Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Democratic candidate Rita Hart are campaigning for Iowa’s second congressional district’s seat. Neither candidates produced the advertisements that KCCI’s Chris Gothner fact checked. The first advertisement is from the conservative Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC. It makes a number of claims about Hart’s record on taxes stating, “Hart voted for higher taxes on gas.”In 2015 Hart did vote for a bill increasing Iowa’s fuel tax by 10 cents with the idea of fixing bridges and roads. So this claim is true, but it is worth noting that it wasn’t a party-line vote. Some Republicans joined Hart in voting yes, and a few fellow Democrats voted no.Another claim stated Hart “allowed higher taxes on cattle.” This references a noncontroversial, unanimously passed 2016 bill allowing Iowa cattle producers to hold a referendum to charge a state beef “checkoff.”The 50-cent-per-head charge goes to the Iowa Beef Industry Council … Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Shaky Claims on Virus, Dem Misfires | Political News

By HOPE YEN, CALVIN WOODWARD and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impatient to return to the campaign trail, President Donald Trump dubiously claimed he’s fully recovered and immune from COVID-19, hailed a cure that isn’t so and declared the coronavirus is “disappearing” even as cases spiked.

The comments over the weekend capped a week that featured the only vice presidential debate of 2020 and Trump’s hurried approach to leaving his convalescence behind and getting on with the campaign for the Nov. 3 election.

With confirmation hearings beginning Monday for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, made an unsubstantiated claim that Abraham Lincoln would’ve waited until after the election to fill the vacancy if he were in Trump’s shoes.

A look at the claims and reality:

TRUMP: “I’m immune … It could be a lifetime.” — interview Sunday on Fox News.

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AP FACT CHECK: Debate week’s twisted tales on virus, climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidelined but not silenced, President Donald Trump demonstrated anew this past week he can’t be relied on to give a straight account of the disease that has afflicted millions, now including him. He heralded the arrival of a COVID-19 cure, which did not happen, and likened the coronavirus to the common flu even while knowing better.

The week featured the only vice presidential debate of the 2020 campaign and an emphasis on policy lacking in the virulent Trump vs. Joe Biden showdown of the week before.

Vice President Mike Pence asserted Trump respects the science on climate change when actually the president mocks it, and Pence defended a White House gathering that the government’s infectious disease chief branded a super-spreader event. His Democratic rival, California Sen. Kamala Harris, tripped on tax policy while wrongly accusing Trump of dismissing the pandemic as a hoax.

A review:

CORONAVIRUS

TRUMP,

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