The impact of President Obama's health-care law on medical costs is hotly debated. On Friday, he argued his side, highlighting trends in a state where premiums by some measures may not change much.
Critics, however, say the law will push health premiums up, not down, and many Americans appear to share that worry.
The debate is complicated, and it may still be early to discern the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact on medical costs. The impact will differ somewhat from state to state, for one thing. And since the law says insurance must cover a fuller array of medical services, the product is changing – not just its price.
On Friday, Mr. Obama was clearly trying to shore up his side of the debate, highlighting trends in a state where premiums by some measures may not change much.
“You can listen to a bunch of political talk out there – negative ads and fear mongering geared towards the next election – or alternatively, you can actually look at what’s happening in states like California right now,” Obama said in remarks delivered in San Jose.