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Fact-Checking Rand Paul’s Claims; GOP Attacks Sen. Udall’s Insurance Cancellation Numbers

Politicians' assertions about the health law come under scrutiny.

The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: How Did Rand Paul’s Son End Up On Medicaid?
This is an odd story—the saga of how Rand Paul’s oldest son tried to get health insurance via the Kentucky version of Obamacare, and ended up on Medicaid, the federal-state health-care program for the poor. ... Our colleagues at PolitiFact beat us to the punch with a comprehensive look at what Paul says happened—and ultimately concluded it was a “he-said-she-said” situation ... Obviously, there could be a software glitch–but at the same time Paul’s son supposedly did not take the key steps needed to enroll, so it’s unclear how the glitch could happen in the first place. ... Verdict Pending (Kessler, 1/10).

The Associated Press: GOP Says Sen. Udall Pressured Colorado State Health Officials On Insurance Cancellation Numbers
Republicans are accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado of trying to pressure state health officials to change the number of people who had their health insurance policies cancelled as debate escalated over the national health care overhaul (Paulson, 1/9).

The New York Times: Gillespie, Former Republican Chairman, Readies To Run For Senate In Virginia
He begins the race as a pronounced underdog. [Democratic Sen. Mark] Warner, a former governor now in his first Senate term, is the most popular politician in Virginia, and has $7.1 million in his campaign account and access to millions from his personal fortune. But Republicans in the state believe that, because of resistance to the new health law and President Obama’s declining popularity, they have an opportunity to at least make the race competitive (Martin, 1/9).

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