“Obama’s healthcare law made health insurance even more expensive.”

Claim: “Obama’s healthcare law made health insurance even more expensive.”

Ad(s): Basketball (60 sec.)

Sponsor(s): Crossroads GPS

Air Dates: May 23 – Jun. 15, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $276,292 ($1,381,463 Total)

Markets: Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Charlotesville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus (OH), Davenport, Dayton, Des Moines, Erie, Flint, Ft.Meyers, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville (NC), Greenville (SC), Harrisburg, Jacksonville, Johnstown, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lima, Mobile, Norfolk, Omaha, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Raleigh, Roanoke, Sioux City, Tampa, Toledo, Traverse City, Tri-Cities, Washington D.C., West Palm Beach, Wilmington, Youngstown, Manchester (NH), Reno, Wilkes Barre, Richmond

Factcheck.org Summary: But the main cause of higher premiums is still the rising costs of medical care in general. As we’ve reported before, independent experts say the health care law caused only about a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in premiums last year – just a part of the total 9 percent rise for the year. Click here to read more

Washington Post Fact Checker Summary: The ad then flashes a USA Today headline: “Survey: Health insurance costs surge in 2011.” That was a Web site headline. The story appeared in the actual newspaper under a more benign headline – “Debt talks may affect premiums”… The article did discuss the  2011 Kaiser Family Foundation annual survey of employer health benefits, which showed premiums for families had gone up by 9 percent. But – contrary to what the ad suggests – the survey does not say the health-care law was mostly responsible for the increase. That’s because, as the survey noted, “many of the most significant provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take effect in 2014.” Click here to read more

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