FACT CHECK: Mandel Repeats Another Pants On Fire Claim

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FACT CHECK: Mandel Repeats Another Pants On Fire Claim

JOSH CLAIMS: Sherrod Brown voted for Obamacare, which represents the largest tax increase in U.S. history.

THE TRUTH: Josh Mandel’s claim that the health care law represents the biggest tax increase in history was rated as “Pants on Fire” by PolitiFact. 

1. PolitiFact rated Josh Mandel’s claim “Pants on Fire”. [PolitiFact, 7/20/12]

Mandel’s Claim That The Health Care Law Is The “Biggest Tax Increase In History,” Rates “Pants On Fire.”  In July 2012, PolitiFact wrote “The Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act settled the question of its constitutionality, but only seemed to intensify debate over the law. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel joined other Republicans in calling for its repeal, saying the decision ‘sets the stage for the November election.’ He identified the law as a pivotal issue in his campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.  Mandel issued a statement on the day of the decision asserting that Brown had voted ‘for what will likely go down as the biggest tax increase in history.’”  PolitiFact concluded, “On the Truth-O-Meter, Mandel’s claim rates Pants on Fire.”  [PolitiFact, 7/20/12]