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Obama team faces rough week with fact checkers


It's been a rough week for the Obama administration as problems with the new health care law have persisted since large parts of it began to take effect Oct. 1. In addition to the essentially nonfunctioning government health care website and Americans losing their existing insurance coverage as a result of the law, team Obama was beaten up by several fact checkers.

An Associated Press report said that President Obama's oft-repeated promise that no one would lose their current insurance plans "stretched credulity a number of ways."

"Not everybody can" keep their current insurance, wrote Brooks Jackson, director of

The Washington Post fact checker gave Obama four "Pinocchios" for the since-broken promise, a rating the fact checker gives for "whoppers."

When Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett tweeted Monday that "Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans," the prominent fact checking site Politifact rated the claim "false."

During testimony on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said it would be "illegal" for her to sign up for a new insurance plan under Obamacare. Politifact rated the claim "Paints On Fire."

Sebelius also said the problem-plagued site, which Americans can use to sign up for insurance, was forced by law to launch Oct. 1. Of that claim, an AP report said "the launch date was set not in the law, but in regulations her department had issued."

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