With the focus in recent months on the law’s shaky rollout and continuing political battles, the president wants to draw attention to a state that has embraced the law and yielded some good news: Officials in the Democrat-led state recently released figures that show insurers expect to charge lower-than-expected premiums for individual policies sold under the law.
Obama is embracing a line that liberal wonks have been talking up for the last few weeks: Obamacare will work because the premiums recently released by California are cheaper than the CBO projections from when the law was being debated. But, as several people have demonstrated already, this comparison is basically specious. What people want to know is how much more they will have to pay over and above their current rates, and right now those numbers don’t look good for many people. Not in California, not Maryland, and not, as we just found out today, in Ohio.The fact that the President is embracing skewed numbers as evidence of the ACA’s success is pretty telling. If this is a slam-dunk for Obamacare, we would hate to see what an air ball looks like.