Despite saying he "really liked" parts of President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized what he called "bold-faced lies" in the speech.
"I disagreed with everything the president said pretty much, in terms of his policies,” Limbaugh said. “I disagreed with everything he said, but it was a great speech. I liked the speech and you know what I really liked? I liked that part where he said that we all have to get along and work together to help people. I really liked that. That really scored with me.”
After giving rare praise to the president, Limbaugh attacked Obama's comments that the Affordable Care Act "is helping to slow the growth of health care costs."
“The Obama claim that the Affordable Care Act is already slowing health care costs? ... It’s just another bald-, bold-faced lie," Limbaugh said. "The truth of the matter is that Obamacare has not even been fully implemented! How can you give credit to Obamacare for slowing health care costs when it’s yet to be enacted?"
Limbaugh did admit that "in a couple of isolated areas you can see where health care costs a little bit less," but gave credit to the recession.
"It has nothing to do with Obama," Limbaugh said.
HuffPost's Michael McAuliff reported earlier on Obama's comments:
"Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs," Obama said, referring to slowing cost increases that recently prompted the Congressional Budget Office to cut some $200 billion from the projected growth of Medicare and Medicaid costs.
"The reforms I’m proposing go even further," Obama said. "We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital -- they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive."