PolitiFact: Eric Cantor’s Claim About “Job Killing” Health Care Bill is FALSE


    Another statement by Eric Cantor — this time that health care reform legislation passed last year is “job killing” – another “false” rating by PolitiFact.

    Republicans have used the “job-killing” claim hundreds of times — so often that they used the phrase in the name of the bill. It implies that job losses will be one of the most significant effects of the law. But they have flimsy evidence to back it up.

    The phrase suggests a massive decline in employment, but the data doesn’t support that. The Republican evidence is extrapolated from a report that was talking about a reduction in the labor supply rather than the loss of jobs, or based on measures that weren’t included in the final health care law. We rate the statement False.

    So far, according to PolitiFact Virginia, Cantor has racked up 1 “true” statement, 1 “half true,” 2 “barely true,” 3 “false,” and 2 “pants on fire” lies. In other words, 8 of the 9 statements by Eric Cantor analyzed by PolitiFact are not fully or even “mostly” true, with only 1 being even HALF true. Can Eric Cantor simply not tell the truth? Is he a pathological liar? And what about all the other members of his caucus who go out there and repeat the “pants on fire” and “false” statements every day? It’s disgusting, but as the saying goes, “fool me once, shame on YOU, fool me twice, shame on ME!” When it comes to Republicans and their factually-challenged commments, let the buyer beware…

    P.S. Keep in mind that PolitiFact is NON-partisan. Of course, so is the Congressional Budget Office, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans from simply waving away findings they don’t like. It must be nice to live in a world of “magical thinking,” make-believe, tooth fairies, and ponies for everyone.

    • totallynext

      Eric you wanted to be a national leader – now you get the exposure – just more of the lies that is standard operating procedure for Republicans.

      I think that Randi Rhodes had one of the best ideas – that make it a federal felony to knowing lie to the American people when communicating as a elected official.

      This is not in a race or running for office – this is when you stand up to a press conference in your official capacitiy – as in the majoriy leader!

    • Better would have been if Democrats had first relentlessly pushed the bill as a job creator, thereby casting GOPers as job killers. Remember the political adage: Identify your weaknesses and accuse your opponent of them first.

    • pontoon

      There have been truth in advertising laws for a long time.  It is way past time to extend those laws to politics.  Ideological differences don’t change basic facts. If truthfulness were a requirement, civil discourse would not be what it is today.

    • Steve Vaughan

      The true believers have already started to call PolitiFact biased. There have been several letters to the editor in the RTD to that effect in the last two weeks.

      People just will not accept facts that are contrary to their pre-existing notions.

      I’d suggest that we need to spend more time in schools explaining how to evaluate and weigh evidence, but I’m sure that would be attacked as a way to “indoctrinate” youth as well.