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August 24th, 2009
06:29 AM ET

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Health care fact vs. fiction

Editor's Note: is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

Who are the uninsured? Hatch's take.

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If you don't count illegal aliens, people who qualify for other insurance, and people who make more than $75,000 a year, "it leaves about 15 million people" who are uninsured.

-Orrin Hatch on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 in an interview on Fox News

The Truth-O-Meter says: HALF TRUE

Half True

Read more: A back-of-the-envelope estimate

Sanders says U.S. doubles every other country in per capita health spending

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill March 3, 2009 in Washington, DC."]

"We spend twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation on Earth."

-Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 on the Rachel Maddow Show

Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE


Read more: As long as Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Austria and others aren't "nations on Earth"

At 59, GOP Congressman says he couldn't get a hip replacement in Canada or England

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"I'm 59. In either Canada or Great Britain, if I broke my hip, I couldn’t get it replaced."

-Roy Blunt on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 in an editorial board meeting with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Truth-O-Meter says: PANTS ON FIRE

Pants on Fire

Read more: You're nowhere near too old for a hip replacement, Congressman

Filed under: Truth-O-Meter
August 24th, 2009
06:28 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday August 24, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Guns and power drills: tools of the trade for CIA interrogators.  That’s according to a 2004 report by the inspector general, that's been kept under wraps until now.  That report will be made public later today.  But some of the information is already leaking out.
  • The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the Taliban is getting better and the fight for Afghanistan is “serious and deteriorating."  Could we see more troops heading to the front lines?  We’re live at the Pentagon.
  • Fidel Castro suddenly showing up on TV and on the front page of newspapers this weekend.  The footage and the photos are said to be very "recent.”  At 83 years old, is the former Cuban leader on the mend?
  • Caning for a beer? A Malaysian model and mother of two has been spared six lashes, at least for now. Her crime?  Drinking beer in public.  That’s a violation of religious law in the Muslim country.  The government says the woman will be facing the punishment and a week in prison after the holy month of Ramadan.

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