Fox News Calls Out Fiorina’s Lies
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Washington, DC – Even conservative media is now taking note of Carly Fiorina’s uncanny habit of lying, with Fox News anchor John Roberts calling Fiorina out for her blatant untruths about the Obama administration’s policies on women. Roberts pressed her on her most recent attempt to claim that 92% of job losses during the first term of the Obama Administration were held by women, a wildly inaccurate claim that has been debunked by multiple fact-checkers.
Fiorina’s comment in last week’s debate was accompanied by claims that “every single policy” of the Obama Administration “has been demonstrably bad for women,” ignoring the historic gains made by the Affordable Care Act and other policies related to gender equality. At an earlier debate, Carly Fiorina looked straight into a camera and lied about a Planned Parenthood video that doesn’t exist — an untruth that has plagued her over the past few months and has been linked to her fast decline in the polls.
Roberts: If you’re using a data set that stops in March of 2012 that you use because that is the most advantageous point to make that point, are you doing voters a disservice by not telling them what happened during the entire first term of the presidency, which is by January 2013 the number of jobs among women had actually increased by about 400,000.
Fiorina: Yes, as my campaign said, we misspoke.
Media outlets are continuing to point out Fiorina’s insistence on continuing to tell untruths:
Examiner: CNN host calls out Carly Fiorina to her face for lying during the GOP debate
CNN Money: Carly Fiorina is just plain wrong on this 'fact'
ABC: Carly Fiorina Says She Was Wrong on ‘92%’ Claim
MSNBC: Fact-Checkers Are Correct, I Was Wrong on the 92% remark
Boston Globe: Are Carly Fiorina Claims About Female Job Losses True?
A closer look at Fiorina’s claims that the Obama Administration has been bad for women:
FACT: The Affordable Care Act Has Had Tremendous Benefits for Women
One of the most immediate was its birth control benefit — thanks to which, more than 55 million women are now eligible for birth control without a copay. A recent study published in Health Affairs found that the Affordable Care Act has saved women $1.4 billion a year on birth control pills alone — showing the clear economic impact that access to no co-pay birth control has had on women’s lives. o The study found that the mean out-of-pocket expense for the pill declined by 38 percent between June 2012 and June 2013 and declined 68 percent for IUDs in the same time period. The study also found that before the birth control benefit went into effect, contraceptive costs accounted for between 30 and 44 percent of women’s total out-of-pocket health care costs. The Affordable Care Act also includes a provision that prevents insurance companies from using what’s called a “gender rating” to charge women higher premiums than men for the same benefits. Before this provision went into effect in 2014, women paid an estimated $1 billion more than men for the same health care plans. Unfortunately, every single GOP candidate on the main stage tonight has advocated for a repeal in the Affordable Care Act — including Carly Fiorina
FACT: Carly Fiorina is “demonstrably bad” for women
Fiorina has dismissed legislation that would address wage disparity based on gender: Fiorina dismissed fair pay legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as “tokens” and “gestures” that don’t help women “advance.” [CNN, 6/30/14] Fiorina would make it harder for women to access affordable birth control: Fiorina opposes the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which ensures that women have access to no co-pay birth control. Regarding the failed Blunt amendment that would allow employers to deny employees birth control, she said: “...There are some who are calling this a vote on a woman's right to choose and a woman's access to contraception. I think that's fundamentally backwards.” [CBS News, 3/2/12] Fiorina doesn’t support enacting a paid maternity leave mandate: “Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that she opposes changing federal law to require companies to provide paid maternity leave. Her position is at odds with the policies of virtually every developed country on Earth and considerably worse than the maternity leave policy in war-torn Afghanistan.” [Huffington Post, 8/10/15]
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