President Obama didn’t have much to say about health care during his State of the Union address last night. But what he did say fell short on the AP fact check.
OBAMA: “Our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program.”
THE FACTS: That’s only half true. About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.
The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that’s a government program, too.
Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program. (Read More)
He didn’t just stretch the truth about health care. He stretched the truth, fantasied or lied on everything from war spending, green energy, taxes, immigration and more. The one thing he was totally honest about was his intention to continue to work around Congress any chance he gets.
Update: Linked by Maggie who has details of Obama’s General Motors deception and the political donations made by GM.