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The U.S. Chamber's response

Here are answers to all of your assertions:

-- The claim, made in many Chamber ads, about $500 billion in Medicare cuts in health care reform was debunked by Politifact:

* This fact came from the Washington Post: [LINK]

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-- The claim about government takeover of health care, made in many Chamber ads, was debunked by Politicfact

* Here is House's vote on health care reform from last November, a bill that included the public option - http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml

The House bill would, among other things:

1. It added 20 million people to the government-run Medicaid plan

2. It created 159 new boards, agencies, and panels that will interfere with the health care system

3. It mandates that all health insurance cover what bureaucrats in Washington DC say it must

4. It creates a massive new $500 billion health entitlement that will make middle class families dependent on the government for health insurance

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-- Kaiser says the claim about reduced benefits, made in many ads, should not be sourced to them and that they didn't conclude this at all

We aren't saying that Kaiser did, which is why we put both sources - Wash Post AND Kaiser - up at the same time. We did that to show the $500 billion cut AND the number of seniors on medicare in that state which is what the Kaiser source does.

Wash Post story: [LINK]

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Critz did vote against health care reform, despite the Chamber ad's claim he "declined to take a position," and he voted against Wall Street reform and DISCLOSE, despite claim Nancy Pelosi counts on him

Let's discuss this in two parts.

*First, the ad doesn't mention financial reform or DISCLOSE.

* Second, Critz was not in Congress to vote on health care, as you assert (Here's a link to the Wash Post on final health care vote, which does not include Critz: [LINK]

And he "didn't take a public position on health care," as noted by POLITICO.

POLITICO:

By JOSH KRAUSHAAR | 4/17/10 11:50 AM EDT

Democrat Mark Critz, running to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), is branding himself as an opponent of health care legislation in his latest ad - a sign that the legislation is a tough sell even in working-class blue-collar Democratic confines.

Responding to an NRCC advertisement accusing him of backing health care reform, Critz says: "That ad's not true. I opposed the health care bill, and I'm pro-life and pro-gun. That's not liberal."

Critz didn't take a public position on the health care legislation during the Democratic nomination process, and declined to answer a survey from The Hill newspaper in March whether he would support the bill.

Critz's campaign spokesman told POLITICO last week that he opposed certain aspects of the health care legislation, but would not support its repeal.

Critz is facing Republican businessman Tim Burns in the May 18 special election. Burns has been running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the administration's domestic agenda.

Democrats hold a significant registration edge in the southwestern Pennsylvania district, but Obama is not viewed favorably there. John McCain narrowly won the district with 49 percent, after John Kerry and Al Gore carried it the previous two presidential elections.

By Greg Sargent  | October 18, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
 
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