Clinton claim that ISIS uses Trump in videos is rated false; her statement on drug prices rated true
Sanders remark on regime change is rated false; his statement on health care is rated true
The Democratic candidates for president gathered in New Hampshire for their third debate Saturday, and CNN’s Reality Check team spent the night putting their statements and assertions to the test.
The team of reporters, researchers and editors across CNN listened throughout the debate, selecting key statements and then rating them True; Mostly True; True, but Misleading; False; or It’s Complicated.
Reality Check: Clinton on gun violence
By Kate Grise, CNN
Hillary Clinton said, “Guns in and of themselves, in my opinion, will not make Americans safer. We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence.”
As we first checked in October, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 33,599 people killed by firearms in 2014. However, the number includes suicides, unintentional deaths and incidents with undetermined intent as well as violence-related firearm deaths (homicide and legal intervention). In 2014, 11,409 people were killed in gun violence-related deaths by homicide or legal intervention. The CDC reports 586 unintentional deaths by firearms that year, and it also reports 270 deaths where the intent was undetermined.
Suicides accounted for almost two-thirds of the deaths by firearms.
More than 33,000 people did die in 2014 from firearm injuries. However, the number of people killed in violence-related homicides and legal interventions in 2014 was only about a third of that total.
Verdict: True, but misleading
Reality check: Clinton on drug prices
By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN
Clinton said, “I want Medicare to be able to negotiate for lower drug prices just like they negotiate with other countries’ health systems. We end up paying the highest prices in the world.”
Americans pay some of the highest prices for prescription medications – two to six times more for brand-name prescription drugs, according to the International Federation of Health Plans.
For example, the arthritis drug Humira costs Americans $2,246 for a one-month prescription, compared to $881 in Switzerland and $1,102 in England.
Medicare, the largest provider of medications, is prohibited from negotiating prices with drug companies. Some lawmakers have argued this is what’s behind the high prices.
The pharmaceutical industry group PhRMA says the high prices are due to the cost of research and development to bring drugs to the market.
Prescription drug spending increased 11.4% in 2014 and 9.6% in 2015 after steadily declining from 2000 to 2013, according to the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker.
The group attributes this to patents expiring and decreases in generic drug prices.
Reality Check: Clinton on states disinvesting from higher education
By Tami Luhby, CNNMoney
State finances were crushed in the wake of the Great Recession, which began in late 2007. States were forced to enact steep funding cuts, since they are required to balance their budgets annually.
On Saturday, Clinton said “states have been disinvesting in higher education.” She’s right: The ax fell heavily on higher education budgets, forcing public colleges in many states to hike tuition and fees.
Some 47 states spent less per student in the 2014-15 school year than they did in 2008, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank. Only Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming spent more.