Fact or Fiction? Analyzing the Shutdown Rhetoric

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

If we've gleaned anything from the government shutdown, it's that the battle lines are drawn. We've seen incessant political arm wrestling over the Affordable Care Act as it remains at the heart of the crisis.

Since the Act launched, its opponents have put any number of reasons why the law is unfair, destructive or just plain unconstitutional. 

Recently, House Speaker John Boehner said that he and other Republicans "believe that Obamacare—(and) all these regulations coming out of the administration—are threatening the future of kids and our grandkids." 

In many instances, both supporters and opponents of the Act have come out with dramatic assessments of what exactly the ACA will do, making it difficult to parse fact from fiction.

Joining us to dig through some of the rhetoric is Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact and our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich


Angie Drobnic Holan and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Reema Khrais


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]


Now the far right wing of the Republican Party (ultra-conservatives who wish they could control-control-control) are beginning to realize how dumb all of their efforts to cause ciaos worked (!) but not to their, or American's prosperity, but to everyones' detriment.

Who showed up for the, Truckers' Shutdown? - Barely a trucker showed, because those guys are working (!) and thankful for a job that has a paycheck at the end of their run. ~And now those

Anarchy, is never a good idea; it's hard to believe a few can bring down the many. Of course, it is the many who don't speak by voting. Jerry-mandering would not work if everyone in those districts would show up to vote, because you can't get more than 8 people on any committee to agree on anything; I'm sure those districts would not be so cohesive, but . . .

Oct. 12 2013 08:55 AM
Larry Dell from East Orange, NJ

Here's my ending.

The shutdown results in a disaster for most of America; the stock market crashes, the nation falls into a depression, citizens revolt and most Republicans are recalled. Ted Cruz moves back to Canada. John Boehner takes to QVC and gets rich selling his tanning secrets.

Oct. 08 2013 03:37 PM
Fred grotophorst from Charlotte NC

Your guest from politifact made Obama care seem like no big deal.
I'm As usual I never hear Democratic spin
mention the self employed and you as I expected u did not challenge.

She was inaccurate on catastrophic policies in Obama care.

I am with Blue Cross and self employed. MY policy was 198 but in JAN it goes to 607 a month
My 5000 deductible is now 5500

shame on u

Oct. 08 2013 02:58 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Only 10%, wow.

Oct. 08 2013 09:32 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The new system, for the first time, has the U.S. Treasury paying for abortions, it's a windfall for Planned Parenthood. That's one difference.

Oct. 08 2013 09:17 AM
Ed from Larchmont

No country wanted to go into World War I, yet it happened. This might happen too, though wanted by no one.

Oct. 08 2013 09:14 AM

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