Apologies for the Obamacare saturation coverage today, but news is news -- and the news is still terrible for Obamacare. Katie underscored the Associated Press' fact check of Obama's latest round of perfidious healthcare assertions earlier. Now McClatchy's getting in on the act with the unsparing headline, "Obama boasts of health care savings, but costs likely to rise for many." Yup:
President Barack Obama assailed Republicans on Thursday for trying to dismantle his signature health care law, saying it’s already providing a benefit of one kind or another to millions of Americans, including a drop in projected premium costs in nearly a dozen states. But experts predict that premiums on individual plans will increase in most states because of the new consumer protections the sweeping legislation requires. The impact on premiums will vary across states depending on geographic location, the type of coverage and the individual characteristics of the enrollee. For example, while Obama pointed to a reduction in premiums in New York state, state officials in Ohio say the average premium proposal for individual coverage next year is up 88 percent from this year’s average price as reported by the Society of Actuaries. In Maryland, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield proposed a 25 percent increase in premiums next year, after first seeking a 50 percent increase. Final rates haven’t been determined in either state.
THE PRESIDENT: Here is a guarantee that I've made...If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.