Fact Check

Quick-Turnaround Adifying

Before the sun was up in Chicago (or DC) this morning, the Obama campaign had already emailed reporters this ad (slated to air on "national cable" per the campaign). It uses footage from last night's debate of the VP candidates sparring on McCain's health care plan.

NPR's very own Julie Rovner fact-checked that Biden claim for us last night and found it to be only true-ish:

McCain's plan WOULD tax the value of health benefits — but for most people, the tax credit would offset that tax increase. The 20 million is the number of people who would be dropped by their employers according to a critique of the plan published in the policy journal Health Affairs.

You can listen to Julie's assessments of the candidates' health care plans, which aired earlier this week on Morning Edition, here and here. Highly recommended listening...no one knows this stuff better than J. Ro.

— Evie Stone

UPDATE: The McCain-Palin campaign has released their own debate clip-tacular. It's a web video entitled "Lies and Sighs"

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