Campaign 2014: Truth Squad's 10 worst ads, No. 8

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Truth Squad assigns five ratings to the political statements we review, in descending levels of accuracy:

No factual inaccuracies in the statement and no important information is missing
Mostly accurate
While the statement is largely accurate, it omits or exaggerates facts, or needs some clarification
Half accurate
Truths are interspersed with mistruths, or the speaker left out significant facts that render his/her remarks misleading in important respects
Mostly inaccurate
The major point or points made are untrue or misleading, even while some aspects of the claim may be accurate
The statement is false, or based on false underlying facts

"Fees on nursing-home beds?" a sad-faced woman asks the camera in this anti-Mark Schauer ad made by the Republican Governors Association. It turns out the bed fee was used to leverage additional federal Medicaid money and increase Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes. So the institutions actually got back more money than they paid out. What's more, the fee was extended by Gov. Rick Snyder, ostensibly the candidate this ad was supporting. Ms. Sad Face never tells us that.


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C, Skinner
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:45am
The problem here is that nursing homes for people that were paying their own way had to pay the tax as well but got no benefit. There is no end to the ways to tax people who are paying their own way. CES