Americans for Prosperity earns a ‘Mostly False’ rating from PolitiFact for criticism of Patrick Murphy

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In criticizing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for his stance on health care, the anti-Obamacare group Americans for Prosperity gets a PolitiFact rating of “Mostly False.”

The group announced a series of online ads to feature votes House members took to delay mandates in the Affordable Care Act. In Florida, the ads targeted three South Florida Democrats: Murphy from Jupiter, Lois Frankel from West Palm Beach and Miami-based Joe Garcia.

A July 23 press release from the group said: “Rep. Murphy voted for the law back in 2010, yet he reversed himself and voted to delay both the employer mandate (in keeping with President Obama’s decision) and the individual mandate…” The statement attempted to make Murphy look like a flip-flopper.

Murphy—who represents areas of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties—wasn’t in Congress in 2010. He beat Tea Party firebrand Rep. Allen West in Nov. 2012, and took office Jan. 2013.

There was a Rep. Patrick Murphy in Congress in 2010, but he was from Pennsylvania, losing re-election in 2010.  AFP did admit it mixed up the Florida Murphy with the Pennsylvania one.

AFP was right to point to votes Murphy took for a one-year wait for the employer and individual mandates in July 2013. He was one of 35 Democrats joining Republicans on the employer mandate vote, as well as one of 22 on the individual mandate. Murphy said he supports Obamacare and is quoted as saying he supports a one-year delay.

This Murphy mix-up, as well as making it look like the Florida Murphy flip-flopped on healthcare reform is what make the AFP claim Mostly False.

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