Thu September 3, 2009
Truths and Falsehoods and the Current U.S. Health Care Debate --- A Conversation with the Executive Director of FactCheck.org
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Over the past few weeks, the health care debate has been raging all across this country, and both the claims and counter-claims about what health care reform would mean for Americans have been confusing, conflicting, and even a bit frightening. Today, we speak to such matters with Brooks Jackson, the executive director of FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania --- and a widely respected (and well-trusted) source for non-partisan analysis. We knew we wanted to consult Mr. Jackson when we saw an interesting article at FactCheck.org (which was posted on August 28th) entitled "Twenty-six Lies About H.R. 3200." The sub-headline for this piece, for which Mr. Jackson is listed as a co-author, runs thus: "A notorious analysis of the House health care bill contains 48 claims. Twenty-six of them are false and the rest mostly misleading. Only four are true." We also speak with Mr. Jackson about an article that was posted on his site on August 14, 2009: "Seven Falsehoods About Health Care."