Donald Lambro

But the 6.3 million people who signed up as a result of the Medicaid expansion remains a questionable figure that may have included renewals or many who would have been eligible for the program anyway. Kessler called it a "very fuzzy" number that had previously earned three Pinocchios in his widely-read dishonesty ratings.

In addition to a half dozen dubious claims that Kessler deflated in his story, the AP's Calvin Woodward produced several more, particularly on Obamacare.

Obama seems to think that he can make things up as he goes along, hoping he won't be called on his claims, as he was when he repeatedly, blatantly and falsely promised that "if you like your health insurance policy you can keep it. Period."

After more than five million Americans got notices from their private health insurance company that their policies were cancelled because they didn't meet Obamacare's mandates, he confessed that he had badly misled the country.

But, unlike Pinocchio, apparently Obama didn't learn his lesson.

On Tuesday night, he declared to all Americans that under his Obamacare law, he has been able to offer a banquet of health care benefits, while "keeping Medicare premiums flat."

Not true, Woodward reported later that night. "They've gone up."

"Medicare's monthly premium for outpatient care has gone up in recent years," he writes. It rose by $5 a month in 2013, up from $99.90 in 2012. Obama's health care law also raised Medicare premiums for upper-income beneficiaries, and both the president and Republicans have proposed to expand that."

Reciting a long litany of health care services his new law offers, Obama boasts that "we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances."

But Woodward points out that this questionable claim "is hotly debated."

On paper, as a result of Obamacare's cuts to Medicare service providers, inpatient care has supposedly gained a decade of solvency.

But "in practice those savings cannot simultaneously be used to expand coverage for the uninsured and shore up Medicare," he writes.

Another whopper in Obama's speech, was his claim that he will raise hourly pay for certain low-income Americans simply by the stroke of his pen.

"In the coming weeks, I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour, because if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty."

But this is a cruel political, shell-game to avoid dealing with the fundamental causes of stagnant wages in a still sluggish economy.

Most federal contract employes are already paid more than $10.10 an hour, in fact, often much more. It will not raise the pay of a single present federal worker, only new hires. It won't kick in until 2015 or later.

Obama and his desperate speech writers threw every half-baked idea they could find into this speech, making up preposterous claims and playing fast and loose with the facts.

Entirely missing from Obama's address is a well-thought out, investment-driven plan to accelerate the economy's growth rate, the only time-tested way to create jobs and boost incomes. He still doesn't get it.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.