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Yet ANOTHER Obamacare “Horror Story” Turns Out To Be Fake: Cancer Patient Who Blamed Obamacare For “Unaffordable” Costs Will Actually Save Money

Here we go again.

In an ad paid for by Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity, cancer patient Julie Boonstra claims that the ACA made her health care "unaffordable," even though her new plan under the ACA is significantly less expensive than her previous one.

In an ad paid for by Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity, cancer patient Julie Boonstra claims that the ACA made her health care “unaffordable,” even though her new plan under the ACA is significantly less expensive than her previous one.

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers, is running Obamacare attack ads featuring a cancer patient who claimed her treatments were “unaffordable” under the new health care law. On Monday, The Detroit News reported that the patient will actually save more than $1,000 a year.

Julie Boonstra says in the anti-Obamacare ad that she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago, and her health care plan was canceled when Obamacare went into effect.

“Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable,” she said.

Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That’s $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra’s premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That’s a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

In other words, even if Boonstra had spent absolutely nothing on out-of-pocket expenses under her old plan — which would mean not filling any prescriptions and not going to a single doctor’s appointment — she would still pay less for her new plan under the Affordable Care Act compared to her pre-Obamacare plan. At least $1,248 less.

According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it “can’t be true” that her new coverage is cheaper than her old.

“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.

And that’s the tough thing about facts — no matter what you believe, facts don’t change. They really don’t care about your opinion, and they don’t contort to fit your ideological beliefs. Whether or not Boonstra chooses to ‘believe’ the verified facts that were presented to her, the truth remains the same: she is saving money because of the Affordable Care Act. To imply anything else is simply misleading and untruthful.

It’s really quite disconcerting that the Republican-led attacks on the Affordable Care Act have distorted the truth to the point that people are unwilling (or unable) to acknowledge the objective reality in front of them — even when that reality involves significant financial savings. For most of us, finding out that we will be saving at least $100/month on health care would come as a welcome surprise. But for those who are blinded by the GOP’s anti-Obamacare doctrine (or, more accurately, the anti-Obama doctrine), even the mere suggestion that the Affordable Care Act is not, in fact, the “worst thing to happen to America since slavery” (yes, someone really said that) induces so much cognitive dissonance that they seemingly become detached from logical intellection.

The ads in which Boonstra appeared set out to target Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who faces former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) in a tight race for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat. Peters voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

The billionaire Koch brothers have spent millions in attack ads in Michigan and beyond, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to take a public stand against their tactics. Reid accused the Kochs of “trying to buy America,” and said Republicans are “addicted to Koch.” In February, Americans for Prosperity — the Koch-backed group responsible for these attack ads — admitted that many of the Obamacare ‘victims’ in their ads are actually paid actors hired by the group.

Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. However, the newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

Unfortunately for the GOP, but fortunately for the rest of America, the Affordable Care Act is actually helping millions of people.

Unfortunately for the GOP, but fortunately for the rest of America, the Affordable Care Act is actually helping millions of people.

As I’ve said before in my previous coverage of the onslaught of attack ads featuring fake Obamacare ‘victims,’ if the Affordable Care Act is truly as awful as the GOP wants us to believe it is, you would think they could find someone who had actually been harmed by the law. At this point, one might begin to wonder if, just maybe the Affordable Care Act is… a good thing! Who would have thought that people would not be lining up to complain about a new law that saves them money, improves standards for health care quality, protects them from the insurance industry’s abusive practices, and gives millions of people the opportunity to afford health insurance for the first time ever?

Commenting on a previously debunked ‘Obamacare horror story,’ Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times put it best: “[I]t’s another sign of how threadbare the GOP criticism of the Affordable Care Act has become. If this is the best they can conjure up …  shouldn’t they give up already?” One can only hope.

 

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