TRUTH TEST: NRCC Targets Angie Craig on Obamacare

November 03, 2016 02:10 PM

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has jumped into Minnesota's 2nd District congressional race with a new TV ad attacking Democrat Angie Craig. It focuses on a timely issue.

"On Obamacare, Angie Craig is going big," the ad blares. "Pushing to expand Obamacare even further."  The ad then quotes her in a TV interview saying, "I would fight to expand the Affordable Care Act."


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It is true Craig favors expanding the Affordable Care Act. The ad edits her sound bite from "At Issue" on January 31st, but it does not change the accuracy or context. Here's exactly what she said: "I would fight to make sure that we continue to look for more ways to expand the Affordable Care Act and insure more Americans."

Read Angie Craig quotes about Affordable Care Act in a MinnPost article here.

The ad goes on to say huge increases in health insurance premiums ranging up to 67 percent are "catastrophic." It's true the Minnesota Commerce Department announced increases of up to 67 percent on the individual market, but it should be pointed out that only five percent of Minnesotans buy their insurance that way. Most get insurance through their private employers or federal programs like Medicare.

Read the Minnesota Commerce Department insurance rate release for 2017 here.

The ad also says Craig's former employer, St. Jude Medical, spent $770,000 in 2015 lobbying Congress to help "get her own industry a special exemption from Obamacare taxes."

Read about St. Jude Medical lobbying expenses here.

It is true Craig's company donated money to several members of Congress through it's political action committee. In 2015 Congress passed a two-year suspension of the medical device tax which had been used to help finance the Affordable Care Act. Craig once served on the PAC's board.

Craig was recently quoted in MinnPost as saying she would not favor a permanent repeal of the medical device tax if another funding source can't be found. "If we can still afford the Affordable Care Act without the medical device tax I'd support repealing it," she said. "If it's mean that millions of Americans would lose access to coverage I'd not support repealing it."

This ad sticks mostly to accurate statement of facts and accurate use of a quote with just some exaggeration. It gets an A-minus on the "Truth Test."


Tom Hauser

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