A letter from a young woman in Michigan has gone viral in conservative circles after being posted on right wing radio talk show host Dennis Prager’s Facebook page. The letter details how the roll-out of Obamacare has supposedly ruined this poor girl’s life It’s a shocking and absolutely heartbreaking story until you realize one thing — none of it is true.
First I’ll share her letter and then I’ll explain the flaws in her allegations:
[box type=”shadow”]My name is Ashley Dionne and I’m a 26-year-old recent graduate from Michigan.
The phony Obamacare signup poster boy made me want to send a message about how Obamacare is really affecting people.
I graduated from The University of Michigan in 2009. In my state, this used to mean something, but even with a bachelor’s I was told I was too educated and wouldn’t stay. I watched as kids with GEDs and high school diploma’s took the low-paying jobs for which I applied.
I went back to school and got a second degree and finally found work at a gym. I work nights and only get 32 hours a week for eight dollars an hour. I’m unable to find a second job at this time.
I have asthma, ulcers, and mild cerebral palsy. Obamacare takes my monthly rate from $75 a month for full coverage on my ‘Young Adult Plan,’ to $319 a month. After $6,000 in deductibles, of course.
Liberals claimed this law would help the poor. I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all. This law has raped my future.
It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all.
This is the real face of Obamacare and it isn’t pretty.[/box]
It sounds awful doesn’t it? The problem is that it is almost entirely made up.
So let’s look at her initial claim that she is being forced to give up insurance that she is happy with. Unless her policy is being discontinued by her provider because it does not meet the requirements of the law there is no reason for her to have to give it up.
Next her claim that the policy she can get under Obamacare through the exchange will cost her $319 per month and have a $6,000 dollar deductible. Without more information about her I was unable to run a state specific calculation for a 26-year-old using the Kaiser calculator but the national average for a 26-year-old non smoker would run, for a silver plan with a $750 deductible, a total of $266 per year.
Actually, since Michigan has opted into the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare with an income of $13,312 per year, she is eligible for Medicaid so she can have total coverage, no deductibles and no co-pays for a total cost to her of $0.
Of course, Prager would take this pack of lies and run with it a quick look at his Facebook page turned up a claim that the so-called “poster boy” for Obamacare a 21-year-old who he says contributed $1,000 to the President’s campaign is also “the only known person in the nation to have successfully signed up through the exchanges.”
This is typical for TEApublicans and their supporters though. They are not about to let facts get in the way of what they see as a good story and any story that detracts from President Obama and the Affordable Care Act is, in their eyes, a good story.