WASHINGTON - Monday the Washington Post's Fact Checker awarded Illinois' senior senator four Pinocchios for a statement he made on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday:
“Bob, let’s look at the bottom line. The bottom line is this: 10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act. Ten million.” ~Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), CBS “Face the Nation,” Feb. 9, 2014
The Post calls Durbin's claim a "Whopper":
Even if one took the high end of these estimates, the most one could claim is that about 4 million people have gained insurance because the Affordable Care Act, but that’s being extraordinarily generous.
In the meantime, given the fuzzy nature of the numbers and the wide publicity devoted to the recent surveys, Durbin has little excuse for going on national television and claiming that every one of these people had been previously insured. This has now become a Four Pinocchio violation.