The Obama campaign’s “Life of Julia” web graphic created quite the stir when it was unveiled last week. Obama opponents derided its cradle-to-grave government philosophy, and there was also a spot of trouble with a certain flag placement.
“Julia” hasn’t escaped the notice of fact-checkers either: The Washington Post gave her three pinocchios for the claim that she could “retire comfortably” under Obama, while a Mitt Romney administration would cut her Social Security benefits by 40 percent. PolitiFact said it was “false” that her student loan rates would be allowed to double under a President Romney. And now, FactCheck.org has weighed in to say it found “some bogus assumptions in the Obama campaign’s fable about a fictional woman.”
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FactCheck.org’s summary of its findings:
The campaign falsely claims Romney would leave Julia with “nothing but a voucher” to buy health insurance at age 65. Actually, the plan Romney has endorsed would let her choose between traditional Medicare fee-for-service coverage, or a variety of private plans with premiums partially paid by the government.
The slide show also contends that Julia, as a senior citizen, will have to pay “$6,350 extra per year” for a health care plan similar to Medicare. But that’s an out-of-date cost estimate based on a year-old plan that since has been made substantially more generous.
Read More at The Blaze. By Madeleine Morgenstern.