It’s 2014 and an election year in Minnesota, so it’s time to kick-off another year of politics.mn’s fact-check section, Hook, Line & Sinker: Keeping the Truth Afloat. This section of politics.mn will focus on fact-checking political statements and campaign advertisements.
Over the course of my professional career, I have designed and approved thousands of mail pieces and political advertisements. Hook, Link & Sinker will focus on fact-checking ads from Republicans, Democrats and any candidate running for office or from any group running political advertisements in Minnesota during the 2014 election. All of the posts will be organized under the “FACT-CHECK” tab on the front page of politics.mn.
The Republican Party of Minnesota recently published a MNSure fact sheet, designed by Derek Brigham. Derek is one of the best graphic designers in Minnesota and I want to disclose that I’ve worked with Derek to design the graphics on politics.mn. I selected this advertisement before I knew about Derek’s involvement, but I still wanted to review the claims, because of the continued political battle over MNSure.
Claim #1: On December 8, 2013, CBS News reported on an article from the Wall Street Journal, “High Deductibles Fuel New Worries of Health-Law Sticker Shock“, which stated “The average individual deductible for what is called a bronze plan on the exchange—the lowest-priced coverage—is $5,081 a year… That is 42% higher.” The claim in the ad is accurate.
Claim #2: The Star Tribune reported on October 30, 2013, “[a]t least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law, adding to the national furor over canceled policies that has overtaken the health care debate.” The claim in the ad is accurate.
Claim #3: The Star Tribune published a quote on January 11, 2014 from Governor Mark Dayton. The full published quote from Governor Dayton was: “‘The people of Minnesota have been terribly inconvenienced,’ Dayton said. ‘The best I can determine at this point in time is that it’s not for lack of intent or professional desire to make this as successful as possible from the very beginning. Obviously we’ve fallen far short of the mark.'” While the Republican Party of Minnesota abbreviated the quote, the essence of what Governor Dayton said was communicated in the ad. The claim is the ad is accurate.
The MNSure fact sheet from the Republican Party of Minnesota is a truthful advertisement, presented in the proper context and receives the score of 4 Bobbers.
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