Charlie Rangel Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About

Rangel claims no Republicans voted for Social Security Act. He's wrong by 81 votes.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D., NY) quoted some false history during Tuesday’s Ways and Means Committee hearing regarding Obamacare’s rocky rollout.

During his allotted time to question Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, Rangel claimed that no Republican voted for the Social Security Act of 1935. When Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) informed Rangel that such information was inaccurate, Rangel responded:

"Maybe one or two. I don't know. But they opposed Medicare. I spoke with President Johnson and he shared with me at the ranch the people that had signed off on Medicare."

Politifact fact-checked similar claims made by Fmr. Governor Howard Dean (D., Vt.) in 2009, and noted that in 1935 the Social Security Act passed the House 372-33, with 81 Republicans in support of the bill. The Senate passed the bill 77-6 with 16 Republicans on board.

Medicare passed in 1965, and while no Republicans voted for the bill when it came out of the Ways and Means Committee, 70 House Republicans voted for final passage. In the Senate, the bill passed 70-24, with 13 Republicans voting aye.