Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fact Checking: Carly Fiorina Claims of VA Deaths and Sales to Iran Misleading

Fiorina’s Unsupported Claim about VA Deaths
Posted On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 Carly Fiorina has said 307,000 veterans have died while waiting for care from the Veterans Health Administration. In one instance, she said all of those veterans “died in the last year,” citing a recent inspector general’s report. But that’s not what the report says.The report also said 84 percent of those who died, or 258,367 individuals, died more than four years ago — not last year.
Fiorina, a Republican candidate for president, has made the VA report a staple of her recent speeches. At the National Federation of Republican Women Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sept. 11, Fiorina said that “just last month, we got a report that 307,000 veterans have died waiting for an appointment.”
Similarly, she told an audience at the Stretch Kennedy annual picnic in New Hampshire on Sept. 12 that “307,000 veterans had died in the last year waiting for health care.”
Fiorina repeated the claim twice during CNN’s prime-time GOP debate on Sept. 16. After the debate, a viewer, and a self-proclaimed veteran, asked us to check Fiorina’s claim.
On Sept. 2, the VA Office of the Inspector General released a report titled “Veterans Health Administration: Review of Alleged Mismanagement at the Health Eligibility Center.” The report addressed four questions about the eligibility center, including an allegation first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution last year that more than 47,000 veterans died while their applications were still pending.
The IG report said an application would be marked as pending if “qualifying evidence,” such as evidence of military standing or income status, “is incomplete or unavailable.” A final enrollment decision cannot be made until that information is obtained.
Fiorina Misleads on HP and Iran
Fiorina HP
Posted On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 Carly Fiorina made several false, misleading and unsubstantiated claims in responding to questions about Hewlett-Packard’s involvement with a foreign subsidiary that sold products to Iran.We have found no evidence that the SEC ever said that “no one in management was aware.” In fact, HP’s response to questions from the SEC in 2009 indicated that management was aware.
In a March 12, 2009, letter to the SEC, Paul T. Porrini, HP’s vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary, responded to questions from the SEC, including questions about Redington Gulf, a Dubai-based wholesaler, selling HP products in Iran. The SEC had said in its Feb. 10, 2009, letter to HP that it was aware of news reports on this relationship.
“We also are aware of January 2009 news reports stating that you acknowledge you have been aware of Redington Gulf’s sales of your products into Iran, and that you have now decided that you will explicitly prohibit Redington Gulf and your other distributors from selling your products into Iran,” the SEC wrote. The SEC had asked HP to describe its business dealings with Iran, both direct and indirect.

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