Fact Checking the President’s Speech

Scott Harrington, in a Wall Street Journal piece, fact-checks some of President Obama’s more dramatic stories in his speech last week.

He finds that two of the President’s stories about insurance being dropped left out important information, that he inflated the market share of Alabama’s top insurer and downplayed the satisfaction of that insurer’s policy holders.

As Mr. Harrington says:

Responsible reform requires careful analysis of the underlying causes of problems in health insurance and informed debate over the benefits and costs of targeted remedies. The president’s continued demonization of private health insurance in pursuit of his broad agenda of government expansion is inconsistent with that objective.

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