Donald Trump Distorted the Number of Citizens Who Had to Pay Healthcare Penalty

Type: Spreads IgnoranceFeb 27 2017 Severity:

To further his case against the Affordable Care Act, Trump told insurance CEOs that "nearly 20 million Americans have chosen to pay the penalty, or received an exemption rather than buy insurance," which is far from the truth. The IRS estimated that 6.5 million people paid the penalty in 2015, and 12.7 others qualified for exemptions.

Main Source: nytimes.com

Quote | Trump inaccurately blamed Obamacare for "20 million" people paying penalties.

“It has gotten so bad that nearly 20 million Americans have chosen to pay the penalty, or received an exemption rather than buy insurance,” Trump told insurance executives, distorting the number of those who had to pay a penalty for having no coverage.