Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 27, 2013
Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, President Obama is convinced that the healthcare premiums under his signature legislative policy will be cheaper than the average American’s cell phone bill.
The president made the remark in an exclusive interview with radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes from the Oval Office earlier this week.
“Anybody who doesn’t have health insurance in this country is going to be able to get it at an affordable rate, and we were just talking with some folks earlier about the fact that for a lot of people it’ll be cheaper than your cellphone bill,” he said.
According to a report by the CTIA Wireless Association, the average American pays $47.16 a month for cellphone service, which is actually a steep decrease from the $71 per month Americans were paying on average in 2012. Moreover, many smartphone users on a major carrier like AT&T or Verizon may be playing close to $100 per month – and that’s just for an individual plan.
Regardless, Obama’s claim fails to hold any weight when you consider that the average 21-year-old male will pay $214 monthly through the law’s healthcare exchanges, a 42-year-old woman will be charged $284 a month and a 62-year-old man will pay a whopping $615 monthly. Obviously none of these numbers are remotely close to cost of owning a cellphone in the U.S. regardless of carrier or plan type.
Guess he must be confusing cellphones with “Obamaphones”!
Obama also professed during the interview that the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been a fan of the healthcare law.
“Oh, he’d like that,” Obama told a chuckling Joyner and Wilkes. “Well I think that because he understood that healthcare – health security – is not a privilege, it’s something that in a country as wealthy as ours everybody should have access to.”
Listen to Obama’s interview below.