“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Those were the specific words President Obama and hundreds of other politicians used to sell the Affordable Healthcare Act. They were lying, over-and-over again. Now, when good people like Julie Boonstra tell their story, they are the ones branded as liars.
The essential gist of Boonstra’s story is that she’s been battling leukemia, had a health plan that worked for her and she liked, and the health care federal Obamacare mandates resulted in significant changes to her plan. We don’t know the specifics of Boonstra’s illness and insurance costs, but many organizations tried to fact-check her story, picking it a part. OK, fine. But Obama is the one who put the period at the end of that sell-Obamacare-at-any-cost statement, so Boonstra and everyone else certainly should be allowed a platform to tell their story for the simple fact they don’t like their new plan.
But politicians like Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are trying to tell her she is better off, and claiming all of the stories out there – including Boonstra’s – are lies. That’s total bull. I have a family member whose insurance costs went up more than 15 percent at the beginning of the year. Plus, the plan was materially changed concerning a specific drug that is no longer covered in the plan. They liked the plan they had, they don’t have it anymore.
John Hinderaker at Power Line notes…
Harry Reid and other Democrats attacked Mrs. Boonstra, calling her a liar. The Democratic Senate candidate who was the target of the AFP ad, Gary Peters, had his lawyers send letters to Michigan televisions stations, threatening to have the FCC pull their licenses to broadcast if they aired the ad. Of course, neither Peters nor Reid is familiar with the details of the coverage that Mrs. Boonstra enjoyed under her old policy, or under her new, Obamacare-compliant policy. They based their claim that she is a liar on general characteristics of Obamacare.
But why this hysterical reaction from the Democrats? Mrs. Boonstra’s central complaint is that she was lied to–President Obama said that if she liked her coverage, she could keep it. She liked her coverage, and she lost it. That was the Lie of the Year, and neither Harry Reid nor Gary Peters is trying to resurrect Obama’s falsehood. On the contrary, by again extending the deadline for implementation of Obamacare with regard to individual and small group policies, the Obama administration is admitting that there are not just thousands, but millions of Julie Boonstras out there–people who are happy with their insurance, but are going to lose it because of the Democrats’ arrogance and deceit.
Here is the original Boonstra ad that resulted in the Peters FCC threat from his lawyers. Isn’t that nice, a government politician threatening a TV station, telling them to pull a misleading ad? Look, what it comes down to is Boonstra states she wanted to keep her plan and liked her plan. She said Obama lied, and she’s attacked by Obamacare supporters?