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Top 16 myths about Obamacare

By HEALTH NEWS FLORIDA | September 27, 2013

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President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking team at PolitiFact has compiled a list of the most common outrageous falsehoods about Obamacare and posted it online in a format that links to an in-depth explanation for each one.

It's not just the usual suspects — like Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh — making the wild claims. Florida elected officials also make the list, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio, and U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

Among the loose talk about the Affordable Care Act that was rated "false," Scott's claim in a July 2012 Fox News interview that the health law would ration care like Britain or Canada.

Another accusation against the law that popped up this month in a New York Post op-ed was that Obamacare would gather information about citizens' sex lives. That claim, by a former Republican officeholder in New York, earned a "Pants on Fire."

WUSF's Craig Kopp talked with PolitiFact's Angie Holan about Rubio's claim that the American public supports defunding Obamacare.

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