AP: Actually, Premiums Will Go Up Under ObamaCare

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  The Associated Press (!!!) is calling Barry out on one of his many lies about ObamaCare.

WASHINGTON — Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits, but check the fine print.

Premiums are likely to keep going up even if the health care bill passes, experts say. If cost controls work as advertised, annual increases would level off with time. But don’t look for a rollback. Instead, the main reason premiums would be more affordable is that new government tax credits would help cover the cost for millions of people.

Listening to Obama pitch his plan, you might not realize that’s how it works.

Visiting a Cleveland suburb this week, the president described how individuals and small businesses will be able to buy coverage in a new kind of health insurance marketplace, gaining the same strength in numbers that federal employees have.

“You’ll be able to buy in, or a small business will be able to buy into this pool,” Obama said. “And that will lower rates, it’s estimated, by up to 14 to 20 percent over what you’re currently getting. That’s money out of pocket.”

Nooo, that is an outright lie and even the Associated Press is calling you out on it.  But we all know that little things like facts don’t get in Barry’s way when it comes to talking up his goal to take over the best health care system on the planet in his quest to reshape America into a country that resembles Cuba.

UpdateAce of Spades has a list of reps whose phone lines need to be melted.  Burn them!

Jason Altmire (PA-4)
332 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-2565
202-226-2274(fax)

John Boccieri (OH-16)
1516 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3876
(has an email form on his webpage)

Allen Boyd (FL-2)
1227 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5235
(202) 225-5615 Fax
(email form)

Travis Childers (MS-1)
1708 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4306
(202) 225-3549 (fax)
(email form)

Lincoln Davis (TN-4)
410 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202.225.6831
Fax: 202.226.5172
(email form)

Bart Gordon (TN-6)
2306 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4231
Fax: (202) 225-6887

Scott Murphy (NY-20)
120 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5614
(202) 225-1168 (fax)
(email form)

Glenn Nye (VA-2)
116 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4215
Fax: (202) 225-4218
(email form)

The Associated Press (?!?!) Fact Checks Obama’s SOTU Claims

You know you’re in deep you-know-what when the Associated Press is calling you out on your lies.

A look at some of Obama’s claims and how they compare with the facts:

OBAMA: “Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don’t.”

THE FACTS: The anticipated savings from this proposal would amount to less than 1 percent of the deficit — and that’s if the president can persuade Congress to go along.

Obama is a convert to the cause of broad spending freezes. In the presidential campaign, he criticized Republican opponent John McCain for suggesting one. “The problem with a spending freeze is you’re using a hatchet where you need a scalpel,” he said a month before the election. Now, Obama wants domestic spending held steady in most areas where the government can control year-to-year costs. The proposal is similar to McCain’s.

OBAMA: “I’ve called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans.”

THE FACTS: Any commission that Obama creates would be a weak substitute for what he really wanted — a commission created by Congress that could force lawmakers to consider unpopular remedies to reduce the debt, including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. That idea crashed in the Senate this week, defeated by equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. Any commission set up by Obama alone would lack authority to force its recommendations before Congress, and would stand almost no chance of success.

Read on here

I had no idea the AP employed so many tea bagging racists.

Obama’s ObamaCare Speech

I don’t have a full text yet, but his plan includes forcing Americans to purchase insurance, creates an “exchange” and preserves the public option. (I think).

More updates and text coming.

Update #1:

Full text here.

I noticed this retooling of the “you can keep your doctor and health and insurance if you like it” lie.  Now he says this:

“Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

Nothing requires you to change what you have.  But nothing is stopping your employer from dumping your plan and forcing you onto the public option.

Nothing but nuance, kids.

Update #2 – “He’s dropped the period.”

AP noticed the change in phrasing the uninsured number in this fact check:

WASHINGTON – The change was subtle, but significant. In his speech to Congress on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama gave a more accurate — and less reassuring — account of the impact of his proposed health care overall than he has done in the past. It went by in a blink.

He told Americans that nothing he is proposing will force businesses or consumers to change their existing insurance coverage. That much is true.

It’s also true that nothing in his plan guarantees that policies people have now will continue to be available in the same form. In earlier accounts, he spoke with unmerited certainty in saying people who are happy with their current insurance can simply keep it.

Other parts of his speech repeated some of the oversimplified claims that have marked his salesmanship. A look at some of his assertions Wednesday night:

OBAMA: “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

THE FACTS: That’s correct, as far as it goes. But neither can the plan guarantee that people can keep their current coverage. Employers sponsor coverage for most families, and they’d be free to change their health plans in ways that workers may not like, or drop insurance altogether. The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats and said that by 2016 some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it because their employers would decide to stop offering it.

In the past Obama repeatedly said, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Now he’s stopping short of that unconditional guarantee by saying nothing in the plan “requires” any change.

He’s dropped the “period.”