PunditFact checks two claims on Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act and the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, dominated the Sunday talk shows. 10 News anchor Allison Kropff teams up with PunditFact to check claims about the law's effectiveness and what it could mean for the midterm elections.

On ABC's "This Week," pundits were discussing Sebelius' resignation when it turned to a debate.

Laura Ingraham was arguing Obamacare is resulting in higher health costs and fewer health care choices. She's referencing a report from the Congressional Budget Office which looked at what's going to happen to employment going forward because of the health care law. PunditFact says she isn't describing that statistic correctly.

"What the CBO said is that people are going to choose to work less actually and really because it's what the health care law was supposed to do, make health care more available, some of it will be subsidized, people will be able to get health care through Medicaid, so if people can get healthcare more easily, sometimes they're going to choose to work less hours or not work at all," says Aaron Sharockman, editor of PunditFact.

PunditFact rates Ingraham's claim, MOSTLY FALSE.

Meanwhile James Carville was pointing to health insurance risk corridors as a sign the law is working. Fact-checkers say that's not the case.

"The healthcare policy just took effect in January 2014, so we won't really know how much insurance companies are making and how much they're receiving back in premiums from patients until at least January 2015, maybe not even until next July," says Sharockman.

PunditFact rates Carville's claim, MOSTLY FALSE.


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