Fact Checkers Keep ACA Debate Honest (Politico)

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POLITICOIn an opinion piece in Politico, Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan and his co-author write that continuing confusion about President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is “likely to be exploited by opportunistic politicians if they aren’t fact checked aggressively by the press.”

Nyhan, an assistant professor of government, and his co-author write that the debate over Obamacare can be improved by “reducing the incentives for elective officials to make false or misleading statements about the law.”

One method for reducing the incentives is fact checking by nonpartisan websites such as PolitiFact, according to the authors. “Our research suggests that politicians are generally sensitive to the possibility that statements they make will be publicly fact checked,” they write.

Read the full opinion piece, published 10/7/13 by Politico.