As Republican officers took turns getting the get together’s message out throughout final week’s conference, White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted President Donald Trump’s plans for well being care.
“I can inform you that this president stands by People with preexisting circumstances,” she mentioned.
However that is not the case, in line with The Related Press.
Trump has pushed for a repeal of the Reasonably priced Care Act. The ACA, signed into legislation by President Barack Obama in 2010, provides medical insurance safety to individuals with preexisting medical circumstances, that means they cannot be excluded from insurance coverage or charged increased charges.
Trump has not too long ago pressed the Supreme Courtroom for a full repeal of the plan.
Two alternate well being packages put out by the Trump administration, a short-term plan and a plan focused to small companies, aren’t required to cowl preexisting circumstances.
Earlier this yr, PolitiFact.com debunked a declare by the president, in a Jan. 13 Twitter submit, that he “was the one that saved preexisting circumstances in your well being care.”
A White Home spokesman on the time advised PolitiFact, “President Donald Trump has repeatedly said his dedication to guard people with preexisting circumstances.
However City Institute well being economist Linda Blumberg advised PolitiFact, “You may’t inform me you are the savior of individuals with preexisting circumstances when each single factor you’ve got mentioned or accomplished is the alternative of that.”
Flowers have not been in Rose Backyard since 1913
First girl Melania Trump not too long ago oversaw a renovation of the White Home Rose Backyard and the location was the backdrop for her speech throughout the Republican Nationwide Conference final week.
Some social media posts, nevertheless, claimed the primary girl trampled on custom.
“Melania dug up the WH Rose Backyard, eradicating roses from each First Girl since 1913,” a Fb person wrote.
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</URL>”Most of those have been lengthy gone by the point the Trumps moved in,” panorama historian Marta McDowell advised PolitiFact.
Trump’s monthlong venture was considered one of many redesigns the backyard has seen since first planted by First Girl Ellen Wilson in 1913. There have been 58 totally different sorts of roses grown within the spot, which was recognized interchangeably because the West Backyard or Rose Backyard till round 1950.
First Girl Jacqueline Kennedy redesigned the backyard in 1962 to the look that has largely remained till now. At the moment, a lot of the roses planted by earlier first girls have been gone as a result of they died off or have been changed, McDowell advised PolitiFact.
Bible not required for oath
Current social media posts falsely declare an Arizona college superintendent was sworn into workplace on a youngsters’s e book as a result of she “hates the Bible,” in line with USA At the moment.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman took her oath earlier this yr on the youngsters’s e book “Too Many Moose,” by Lisa Bakos. The e book is used to assist college students with speech impairments.
“This has a number of sentimental value to me as a result of that is my college students’ favourite e book,” Hoffman advised an area information station.
The selection had nothing to do with faith, Arizona Division of Training spokesman Richie Taylor advised USA At the moment.
The Structure would not require elected officers to be sworn in with a Bible. That is a “widespread false impression,” USA At the moment mentioned. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams was sworn in along with his hand on a legislation e book, and President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of workplace and not using a Bible.
There have been additionally different false posts on social media linking Hoffman to debunked human trafficking conspiracies and claiming she needed to push intercourse schooling on kindergartners, USA At the moment mentioned.
“Superintendent Hoffman finds these claims abhorrent and offensive to precise victims of intercourse trafficking or sexual abuse,” Taylor mentioned.
Mailboxes locked to forestall theft
Images exhibiting locked mailboxes, shared on the web, are proof of large voter suppression forward of the November presidential election, social media customers declare.
“Unfold this far and vast! That is large voter suppression occurring in entrance of us! The Submit Workplace in Burbank, CA. All out of doors bins locked shut. The doorway to the Submit Workplace is locked and you may’t mail a letter?” a Fb person wrote.
The bins have been locked, in line with The Related Press, however it was to forestall theft, not votes.
“Using Assortment Field Anti-theft locking gadgets, similar to on the Burbank Submit Workplace, have been in place since roughly 2016 and this system was developed as a mail-theft deterrent,” Postal Service spokeswoman Evelina Ramirez advised the AP.
The bins are locked after the final assortment of the day and locks are eliminated initially of the subsequent enterprise day. There’s additionally a gap on the again of the bins for mail to be inserted whereas the locks are on the entrance.
• Bob Oswald is a veteran Chicago-area journalist and former information editor of the Elgin Courier-Information. Contact him at [email protected]