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Checking the Facts
From Libya to Contraception, our fact checkers did their research so you didn’t have to. See how the candidates statements stood up to fact checking.
Biden and Ryan on contraception:
Ryan attacked a health reform law policy that requires employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, among other health services for women, including religious charities, hospitals, and universities. (Religious groups that primarily employ people of their own faith are exempt.)
Biden objected, saying that religious groups, particularly Catholic hospitals and universities, would not have to “refer for contraception,” “pay for contraception,” and “none has to be a vehicle for contraception.”
His statement is partly true. The Obama administration rolled out what they called a compromise for the contraception rule after outrage from religious groups and Republicans. The compromise measure requires health insurance companies to cover all contraception costs if employers have a religious objection. That has created a problem for religious groups that self-insure—in other words, they hire an insurance company to administer their plans, but end up paying for all of the health care out of their own pockets.
Ryan said the contraception rule is an attack on first amendment rights. Democrats argue that the federal contraception rule mirrors similar regulations on the state level. That argument is up for interpretation in the nation’s courts now, as major Catholic organizations sue the federal government over the rule.

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Checking the Facts

From Libya to Contraception, our fact checkers did their research so you didn’t have to. See how the candidates statements stood up to fact checking.

Biden and Ryan on contraception:

Ryan attacked a health reform law policy that requires employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, among other health services for women, including religious charities, hospitals, and universities. (Religious groups that primarily employ people of their own faith are exempt.)

Biden objected, saying that religious groups, particularly Catholic hospitals and universities, would not have to “refer for contraception,” “pay for contraception,” and “none has to be a vehicle for contraception.”

His statement is partly true. The Obama administration rolled out what they called a compromise for the contraception rule after outrage from religious groups and Republicans. The compromise measure requires health insurance companies to cover all contraception costs if employers have a religious objection. That has created a problem for religious groups that self-insure—in other words, they hire an insurance company to administer their plans, but end up paying for all of the health care out of their own pockets.

Ryan said the contraception rule is an attack on first amendment rights. Democrats argue that the federal contraception rule mirrors similar regulations on the state level. That argument is up for interpretation in the nation’s courts now, as major Catholic organizations sue the federal government over the rule.

AP PHOTO/ERIC GAY

“I love stay-at-home moms”

– Hilary Rosen responds to the backlash against her comment that Ann Romney “has never actually worked a day in her life.” 

Mitt Romney is still extremely likely to get the GOP nomination, but it looks like he will have to run in the general election as an Independent. He certainly seems to have no home in the Republican Party.”

"Though he still has the support of the party "establishment" (which almost assures him the nomination),by rights Romney really should be following Sen. Olympia Snowe out the same door through which so many others of that extinct political class—centrist Republicans— have been forced to exit, permanently exiled by a party that they no longer recognize and that no longer recognizes them.

Meet Mitt Romney, Independent Candidate for President by Michael Hirsh


January 28, 2012 issue of National Journal


Return of the Revolutionary. Gingrich isn’t simply learning on the fly how to play insurgent. His 2012 revival draws on skills he honed 30 years ago on Congress’s backbenches. — By Ron Brownstein. Read this week’s cover story here. 

January 28, 2012 issue of National Journal

Return of the RevolutionaryGingrich isn’t simply learning on the fly how to play insurgent. His 2012 revival draws on skills he honed 30 years ago on Congress’s backbenches. — By Ron Brownstein. Read this week’s cover story here