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Michigan Woman's Claims In Anti-Obamacare Ads Are False


March 10, 2014, 9:08 PM

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President Obama can't go blameless for some disinformation that has surfaced about Obamacare, namely that everyone could keep their policies if they liked them.

But the GOP has had some aggressive disinfomation campaigns.

Here's one.

Marisa Schultz of the Detroit News reports that a conservative group's TV ad campaign features Julie Boonstra,  a Dexter, Mi., cancer patient who denounces her new health care coverage under Obamacare, calling it “unaffordable.”

Only thing is, the News reports, Boonstra will actually save more than $1,000 this year under Obamacare. 

The ad is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. The woman attacks Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a candidate for U.S. Senate, for voting in favor of  Obamacare and helping make her medication so “unaffordable” she could die, the News reported. Americans for Prosperity is backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch

The News reports: 

Boonstra said Monday her new plan she dislikes is the Blue Cross Premier Gold health care plan, which caps patient responsibility for out-of-pocket costs at $5,100 a year, lower than the federal law’s maximum of $6,350 a year. It means the new plan will save her at least $1,200 compared with her former insurance plan she preferred that was ended under Obamacare’s coverage requirements.

The News reported that Boonstra’s old plan cost $1,100 a month in premiums or $13,200 a year, and that didn't include money she spent on co-pays, prescription drugs and other out-of-pocket expenses. Conversely, the News reported that  the Blues’ plan premium costs $571 a month or $6,852 for the year and because out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100, including deductibles, the maximum she could pay this year for her cancer treatment of her cancer treatment is $11,952.

Boonstra told the News she's skeptical that her coverage is cheaper,  saying it  “can’t be true.”

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

 

Read more:  Detroit News


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