HomeEconomic IssuesNewest Koch-Funded Obamacare Attack Ad Features Biggest Lies Yet (Video)

Newest Koch-Funded Obamacare Attack Ad Features Biggest Lies Yet (Video)

The Koch brothers are not giving up their campaign of half-truths, deception and outright lies against Obamacare and it is beginning to look as if they will still be railing against it after everyone has learned the truth and embraced the law.  Their latest effort through their SuperPAC Americans for Prosperity (AFP) comes in the form of an attack ad against Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) who is up for reelection this year.

The ad features Julie Boonstra, of Dexter, Michigan who is suffering from leukemia who makes the claim that after being diagnosed five years ago, “I found this wonderful doctor and a great health care plan.”

Alarm bells should be going off right there for any thinking person.  After she was diagnosed with leukemia she found a “great health care plan?”  Everyone knows that cannot be true, five years ago if she had attempted to purchase health insurance after being diagnosed with a serious illness she would have been considered by every insurance provider to be uninsurable.

She goes on to tell us that her “great health care plan” was cancelled due to Obamacare and that she now faces bankruptcy and death due to the extreme costs of her health care now.

What the ad fails to mention is that Julie never faced a lapse in coverage, she was able to purchase a new plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield which carries a premium of $571 a month as opposed to her old plan which cost her $1,100 a month.

When questioned about that both a spokesman for AFP, Levi Russell and Julie claimed that the problem was not with the lower premiums but with the higher out of pocket costs that come with her new insurance.

Another bold faced lie.  Under the provisions of the law her out of pocket expenses for any given year cannot exceed $6,350 dollars which is just $2 more than her previous policy was costing.

When confronted with this fact Russell told Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog that he, “would assume there is an OOP max, but this is the story of Julie, a real person suffering from blood cancer, not some neat and tidy White House PowerPoint about how the ACA is helping everyone.”  In other words, ‘an honest answer to that doesn’t support our narrative so I’m not going to give one.’

Julie is a bit more open about it than Russell, but still insisting that the law has harmed her.  She told the Dexter Leader in an interview, “People are asking me for the numbers and I don’t know those answers — that’s the heartbreak of all of this. It’s the uncertainty of not having those numbers that I have an issue with, because I always knew what I was paying and now I don’t, and I haven’t gone through the tests or seen my specialist yet.”

As the campaign for this fall’s elections heats up across the country we can expect to see more of these deceptive ads produced by the Koch brothers’ propaganda machine and if they are coming right out of the gate with lies as blatant as this, one can only assume that by October they will be trying to tell us that the Earth is flat and that if we sail too far we will fall off the edge.

Watch Julie’s spot in the video below.

h/t:  Politcususa


About Bob Cull

I'm retired and live in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. I have strong opinions and my political bent has not changed since I was in high school. Most of my family thinks that I need to find a "real" hobby to fill my time in retirement, but I am content to share my opinions with others and exercise my "right" as a cranky old retired dude to express my views--which are based on many years of real world experience.
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  • Bob K

    The count is a lying twit I believe. I still have to see any argument against Obamacare based on truth. Now, it would have been nice to have gotten single payer, but if we had gone that way we would have gotten nothing at all. This will eventually come to pass little .by little and we will join the community of sane nations.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/dan.root.31 Dan Root

    as usual the koch head’s are at it again how do these people including JULIE sleep at night ?as usual no fact’s on number’s i can not believe people actually fall for this crap>no research no fact checking nothing!sooner or later it will come back to bite them in their overstuffed ass’s.but i worry it will be later!btw republican sheeple the world is not FLAT!

    • Fred Beloit
      • Bob Cull

        I didn’t read that whole propaganda piece, Fred, only until I could identify a blatant LIE. She could not possibly have a deductible of $14k, that plan would not conform to the law and therefore can no longer be sold. Only a handful of nonconforming plans are still in existence, like the crappy one that I have. It was intentionally left alone, no changes in coverage or premium, so that it could be grandfathered because the company is making a hefty profit on it. The only reason that I haven’t replaced it with one that would cost me half as much is that a new plan would have been in effect for only 7 months until I went on Medicare.

        Go ahead and buy the propaganda from Faux News and the Koch brothers, the rest of us are better educated and refuse to lick the boots of your corporate overlords who do not care any more for you than they do us.

  • Dan D

    Naturally, there’s no commenting allowed in the video. Propaganda must never be allowed opposition it seems. Not before it’s had a chance to spread, then it has the weight of a crowd behind it, and who’s going to go against peer pressure.

  • https://www.facebook.com/linda.alexander.39589 Linda Woods Alexander

    What kind of hatred can make a so-called “Christian” person go on a national TV show and basically lie that she’s not being helped by the ACA?? Do people not have any dignity any longer?? It’s obvious to everyone that from her reported circumstances, she most certainly IS being helped, and with her previous policy, she ALSO had a comparable out of pocket amount which she would have been held responsible for. I think this woman should educate herself further on her healthcare coverage if she insists she’s the injured party here. Most every single one would love it if their monthly premium were cut in half and only have to worry about paying out $6k before 100% of her medical bills will be covered. As a 27 year cancer nurse, I can assure you her bills will go waaaaay beyond the $6k she will be held responsible for, so even in her tragic circumstances, she needs to realize that she INDEED is going to be helped greatly by Obamacare. Along with the obvious monthly savings, she has the security that her insurance company can never cancel her out with her having cancer. THAT is huge..and she wouldn’t have had that prior to the ACA.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/comte.dedirac Comte de Dirac

    Small potatoes against Obama’s “LIE OF THE YEAR” by the Washington Post


    Or this Obama lie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1oPktLLrmQ

    But you pro-wall street, pro corny capitalist insurance industry bailout, single payer traitors will not tell the truth about what Obama and Obamacare are: democratic fascism sold (with lies) to the American public by a corporatist president:

    “Here’s what it comes down to: this law is a manifestation of short sighted greed. It’s a half baked scheme designed to siphon money out of the middle class and line the pockets of the filthy rich. That captive customer base, with the corporate welfare propping it up translates into big profits for insurance companies. According to the New York Times over the last 12 months, the stock prices of the top five publicly traded health insurance companies have increased by an average of 32 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has risen by just 24 percent.”

    See: “ObamaCare: What You’re Not Being Told:” http://youtu.be/XQtxcKT-u_Y

    • Bob Cull

      What is there in this article that would suggest to you that I do not support a single payer system, Comte? I have always supported the single payer option, as does the President, he went with what he could get through Congress. What we have in this law is a first step toward what the rest of the civilized world has and what we should have, a single payer system which will drastically lower costs and make us a healthier nation.

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