Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, told a Salina audience this month that “there are more people uninsured today in Kansas than there were before the president’s health care plan went into effect.” But on Friday the Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog called that claim “bogus,” giving it the maximum four Pinocchios. After Huelskamp’s staff failed to provide backup data, the blog found that “there are no useful numbers on the number of uninsured since the enrollment period started in October of 2013.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 29,309 Kansans had signed up for health care on the federal exchanges as of March 1. Saying “few plans were canceled in Kansas despite initial reports that thousands of plans might be terminated,” the Fact Checker concluded that Huelskamp can be as critical “of the law as he wants, but he’s not entitled to conjure phony facts out of thin air.”
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