Statement: “The acting chief of the IRS said he – and the majority of IRS employees – would rather stay with his current” health “plan than switch to Obamacare.”
The congressman from Dallas was referring to a statement by acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel when he was asked why a federal employees union objected to a House bill that would require all federal workers to get insurance through new health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Werfel said IRS workers currently receive health insurance through their employer and objected to the possibility of losing that insurance and having to find new insurance. So, Hensarling is right about the IRS director’s objections to switching insurance, but Hensarling left a misimpression that IRS workers had fundamental objections to Obamacare. What federal workers object to is being treated differently than other workers with employer-provided health insurance.
Statement: “Texas women make an average of $8,355 less per year than men doing the very same job.”
We found that the state senator’s $8,355 statistic stems from a 2010 census report of median pay for men and women in all jobs in Texas. The report did not compare men and women “doing the very same job,” as Davis said. In fact, such data are not readily available. The closest thing we found came from a private company that compiles salary data; it found a $2,000 gap between median pay for Texas men and women in similar jobs.
Statement: Says Houston National Cemetery is preventing Christian prayers from being said at military funerals.
The conservative nonprofit group based its claim on recent online references to a congressman’s claim in July 2011. That year, the government settled a lawsuit alleging the cemetery director told volunteers and others not to use religious terms including “Jesus” and “God” during funerals, and a judge allowed a pastor to deliver an invocation as written after the director had told him not to refer to Jesus Christ. We found no current restrictions at the cemetery. To the contrary, volunteers and the current cemetery director told us Christian prayers are welcome.