The facts of life: Are Americans getting accurate info about the ACA?

What? You think I’d ask that question if the answer were yes?

It’s no. And ProPublica has…We Fact-Checked Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care – ProPublica

Here are the facts: GOP representatives’ letters to their constituents–letters, mind you, somewhat more distancing than facing constituents in town halls where lies get immediately called out–lie about the ACA.

They lie. Here’s one lie:

by Charles Ornstein

This story was updated to include a response from the office of Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.

When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn’t surprised to get an email back detailing the law’s faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.

“Obamacare” he wrote in January, “does not lower costs or improve quality, but rather it raises taxes and allows a presidentially handpicked ‘Health Choices Commissioner’ to determine what coverage and treatments are available to you.”

 There’s one problem with Cassidy’s ominous-sounding assertion: It’s false.

There’s a sharp difference between a political promise–a statement of political values and intentions–that doesn’t work out and an outright lie about facts.

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