Associated Press fact-check on Obamacare: Better late than never?

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On Monday, the Associated Press (AP) fact-checked claims about the (Un)Affordable Care Act. As Ed Morrissey noted, the AP is just a little behind the eight ball. Their reputation as objective journalists is also nearly dead, so is their late rush to the fact-checking table better late than never?

A few key highlights from AP’s multiple fact-checks:

First, taking down the President’s long-debunked claim that you can keep your health care under Obamacare if you like it:

Nothing in the health care law guarantees that people can keep the health insurance they already have. Costs can rise, benefits can change and employers can drop coverage.

Responding to the President claiming “good health insurance for the price of your cellphone bill or less”:

The family coverage you can get for the cost of a monthly cable or cellphone bill is going to expose you to a hefty share of your medical expenses. Looked at in terms of digital communications, it’s more like dial-up Internet than 4G.

Finally, the President has said “95 percent of uninsured Americans will see their premiums cost less than was expected.” AP slams this claim:

Less than who expected? Obama is referring to an administration analysis that finds premiums are coming in 16 percent lower than had been estimated by experts at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Independent analysts find similar results. But it’s a stretch to suggest that numbers crunched by CBO’s experts would reflect the expectations of regular consumers.

Fiscal conservatives have long argued that keeping health care and/or health insurance, lower premiums, and low prices in general were cynical pipe dreams of the Administration. On the one hand, the AP’s report is far too little, too late – Obamacare’s exchanges are live, and this report should have been made before the elections, when it could have stopped the law’s implementation.

On the other side of things, this report adds one of the nation’s largest media organizations to the long list of mainstream media sources admitting Obamacare will have many negative consequences. If the AP is serious about repairing their damaged reporting reputation, we’ll see more fact-checking of big government programs.