• March 10, 2021

WaPo provides Biden ‘4 Pinocchios’ for ‘nonsensical’ declare that Alzheimer’s sufferers will quickly flood hospitals

WaPo provides Biden ‘4 Pinocchios’ for ‘nonsensical’ declare that Alzheimer’s sufferers will quickly flood hospitals

Final Thursday, Biden had sounded the alarm about Alzheimer’s illness throughout a speech on the economic system. 

“You realize, if we don’t do one thing about Alzheimer’s in America, each single, solitary hospital mattress that exists in America—because the nurses can let you know—each single one will likely be occupied within the subsequent 15 years with an Alzheimer’s affected person—each one,” Biden instructed the viewers. 

The president made related remarks again in March whereas touring a most cancers hospital in Ohio. 

“If we don’t do one thing, for instance about Alzheimer’s, each single mattress in American hospitals immediately will likely be occupied by somebody with Alzheimer’s inside 20 years, each single mattress,” Biden warned on the time. 


On Thursday, Kessler posed the query, “Is there any proof that Biden’s declare is appropriate?” 

“Usually when a politician makes an in depth declare like this, we will shortly discover a potential supply—a report in an instructional journal or from a suppose tank, a congressional listening to or an professional’s speech—from which the factoid was plucked (and probably twisted),” Kessler wrote. “However we couldn’t discover something. We consulted with many consultants on Alzheimer’s illness, however they have been stumped, too. This appears to be a Biden unique.”

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The actual fact-checker famous how Alzheimer’s sufferers “spend time in hospital beds” however they “find yourself” in nursing houses and later hospice. He additionally highlighted the rise within the illness because the “child increase era” continues to age. 

“Greater than 6 million individuals are dwelling with Alzheimer’s immediately, in keeping with the Alzheimer’s Affiliation, a quantity that can develop to 11.2 million by 2040. The Milken Institute says the variety of individuals reporting they’ve dementia will likely be almost 13 million by 2040,” Kessler defined.

“In the meantime, the Alzheimer’s Affiliation calculates that there are 538 hospital stays per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s or different dementias…. While you plug the determine of 538 hospital stays per 1,000 individuals into a complete of 13 million sufferers, you find yourself with 7 million hospital stays a yr attributed to dementia. Provided that there are about 36 million hospital stays a yr at the moment—the American Hospital Affiliation says there are not any projections for 2040—it’s clear that Biden’s statistic is falling brief.”


Kessler continued, “Biden desires to indicate that he considers combating Alzheimer’s and different ailments to be an vital precedence. That’s a laudable aspiration. However he shouldn’t gild the lily with figures that appear plucked from skinny air—which could additionally clarify why they modify relying on the day. Opposite to his declare, our calculations present that in 2040 there would nonetheless be loads of hospital beds even with the anticipated enhance in sufferers with Alzheimer’s illness. The president earns 4 Pinocchios.”

This marks Biden’s fifth “4 Pinocchios” score from the Washington Publish fact-checker since taking workplace, three of which have been falsehoods the president repeated about Georgia’s election legal guidelines. 

Kessler beforehand introduced that he would discontinue the Publish’s database of Biden’s falsehoods past his first 100 days in workplace.  

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox Information. Observe him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

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