President Biden has yet again made up statistics out of thin air and even liberal fact-checkers can’t come to his rescue. Recently, Biden made up a claim so outrageous about Alzheimer’s that The Washington Post awarded it four Pinocchios.
“You know, if we don’t do something about Alzheimer’s in America, every single, solitary hospital bed that exists in America—as the nurses can tell you—every single one will be occupied in the next 15 years with an Alzheimer’s patient—every one,” Biden said in his speech on May 27.
The claim was so outrageous The Washington Post gave it “four Pinocchios” and called it a “Biden original.”
“Normally when a politician makes a detailed claim like this, we can quickly find a possible source—a report in an academic journal or from a think tank, a congressional hearing or an expert’s speech—from which the factoid was plucked (and possibly twisted),” noted fact-checker Glenn Kessler. “But we could not find anything. We consulted with many experts on Alzheimer’s disease, but they were stumped, too. This seems to be a Biden original.”
“Contrary to his claim, our calculations show that in 2040 there would still be plenty of hospital beds even with the anticipated increase in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The president earns Four Pinocchios,” he concluded.