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AP FACT CHECK: When a swoopy line on a chart misleads

July 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been spread around a chart purportedly showing Medicaid spending rising under the Republican health legislation. According to the raw numbers, that’s true.

But an AP Fact Check finds that the bill would inflict deep cuts in the program by slowing Medicaid’s projected growth.

Bottom line: Medicaid would cover an estimated 15 million fewer people by 2026.

Trump’s tweet came during a week of tussling over the Senate Republican health bill and a White House cheerleading session for U.S. energy. Both subjects produced a variety of statements that call for scrutiny.

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