Obamacare Article 54 Goes into Effect May 1, Will Divert 30% of Social Security-Fiction!

Obamacare Article 54 Goes into Effect May 1, Will Divert 30% of Social Security-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Article 54 of Obamacare will go into effect on May 1, 2018. The provision will divert 30 percent of all Social Security payments to providing insurance for the undocumented.

The Truth:

“Article 54” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The bill doesn’t provide insurance for undocumented immigrants, and it doesn’t divert 30 percent of Social Security benefits.
Those rumors started with a meme that began making the rounds on social media in April 2018. It shows a photo of President Obama and states, “On May 1st, 2018, Article 54 of Obamacare will take effect. Anyone over 60 will have 30 percent of their Social Security diverted to funding for insurance for the undocumented.”

False claims that Obamacare's Article 54 takes effect on May 1 circulated on social media.
False claims that Obamacare’s Article 54 takes effect on May 1 circulated on social media.

The meme appeared at the Facebook community page “America — Love it Or Leave It” on April 14. It was quickly shared more than 25,000 times, sparking outrage and suspicion among readers about the authenticity of its claims. And rightly so. The group’s “about” page states “Nothing on this page is real.” And neither are claims that Obamacare’s Article 54 goes into effect on May 1, 2018.

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