Dem Congressman Calls Cancer Survivor Whose Insurance was Killed by ObamaCare a Liar

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Democratic Congressman Gary Peters voted for ObamaCare. That disastrous vote made life worse for a lot of people. Now Gary Peters is running for Senate and trying to silence a leukemia survivor whose life he ruined.

Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient who was kicked of off her health plan due to Obamacare, lashed out at Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) on Saturday after lawyers for his campaign demanded that Michigan broadcasters cease airing ads featuring her story.

Boonstra, a Michigan resident, was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. She was recently kicked off of her healthcare plan due to regulations passed as part of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Peters voted in favor of.

After relating her story publicly in an ad produced by the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Peters dispatched lawyers to prevent the spot from running on local television stations.

Boonstra, who says she is now struggling to pay out of pocket for her rising healthcare costs, told the Washington Free Beacon she is stunned by Peters’ efforts to censor her story.

“I’m appalled. I’m appalled as a mom, as a woman, and as a cancer patient, as someone living with cancer … who has stood before this nation to say, ‘I cannot afford that out of pocket expense,’” said Boonstra, who said she was given a 20 percent chance of surviving her disease. “As a Michigan resident, to silence my voice, I’m absolutely appalled.”

Peters, who is running for a seat in the Senate, instructed his legal council earlier this week to demand that stations stop running the AFP ad until additional evidence of the cancer victim’s claims could be produced.

“I’m very surprised,” Boonstra said just hour after she attempted to confront Peter face-to-face at his Bloomfield Hills residence. “I have every right to tell my story and express my point of view and opinion on how Obamacare has effected me.”

Boonstra attempted to confront the congressman at his door, but he did not answer when she knocked.

“I just went up to his house and knocked on his door,” Boonstra recalled. “I would like to meet with him, but he did not answer. I know someone was home, so I left a letter there for him.”

Boonstra wrote in her letter, “I don’t understand why you’re trying to silence my voice. I have every right to speak out and don’t understand why you’re doing this.”

It’s obvious why Peters and the Washington Post and the rest of the liberal establishment is trying to silence Boonstra. Their disastrous ObamaCare plan depends on silencing the stories of the people who have been hurt by it. Boonstra’s story is not the story that they want told and so they are determined that it will not be told.

  • Smoking Hamster

    I’ve heard he is going after the licenses of the TV stations that aired the ad.

    Isn’t that a Venezuala move?

    • A Z

      Linked is the cease & desist type (?) of letter sent by the larriors, mercenaries, in the pay of Rep. Peter King (D), warlord IMO.

      These lawyers are just short of those in the Sliders episode (The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy” season 2 episode #14) IMO.

      There is a reason the term lawfare was coined. IMO this law firm fits the bill.

      http://americansforprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Peters_letter.pdf

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sliders_episodes

      • IWillDestroyBlaze68
        • A Z

          I went to the site you linked, the best you can say is that it was a wash. She actually pays $2 more under the Obama plan. This after the identity theft ridden ObamaCare website rollout.

          Layer on top f that the government came him stirred the pot and upset everything . People do not need to figure out a new healthcare pan every few years just because some progressive demands its. It is similar to have to relearn every Microshaft product’s interface every 3 to 5 years because they changed it.

          Be this time next year the insurance companies are going to be bailed out because of low enrollment.

        • A Z

          Come to think of it, if it is a wash, why should she have to change plans? it just takes time form something else. Others who have not signed up, have not signed up because they are going to get hosed. We will here more about them in the next 3 years.

          The health plan I have is free. A regular check up is free. Now everything else costs.

          That is @zz backwards. Insurance is for catastrophic events not routine stuff.

          • blaze68

            Careful there A Z. If you pi_ss this guy off he will stalk you on here and attempt to threaten you into remaining silent. He went so far as to re-create his username to attempt to intimidate me into silence. I agree wholeheartedly with your comment, but beware this guy plays dirty.

        • Poor62

          “Boonstra is on five different medications to help deal with her leukemia. The Blue Cross PR spokesman claimed that they are all covered. But when Boonstra went to fill her prescription for Loratadine — a prescription-level equivalent of Claritin that she uses to control congestion brought on by chemotherapy — she was told that Loratadine is not covered. She has not yet attempted to restock any of her other meds but she is already having to come with strategies to deal with that
          problem. The $5,100 cap on Boonstra’s out-of-pocket spending is for in-network care only. If she has to go out of network, she could spend an additional $10,200. When Boonstra was first diagnosed, she had to go
          through a painstaking process to get approval for her chemotherapy drugs to be covered. When she finally found insurance she liked, she had no problem with the chemo drugs. She now says that process is starting all over again. Boonstra has already had to cut back on her bone marrow biopsies, which she was having on a regular schedule she had worked out with her doctor, because she doesn’t have clarification on whether these
          will be covered. I could go on, but the bottom line is this: Julie Boonstra told the truth, and arrogant media “fact checkers” had a lot of nerve claiming she hadn’t when they never even talked to her.”

          http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/01/anti-obamacare-cancer-patient-attacked-by-reid-now-receiving-death-wishes-from-liberals/

    • ha

      no, that’s an american move. welcome to the new american century.

  • truebearing

    On what grounds can they block the ad? Is a Republican throwing granny off a cliff acceptable, but the story of an Obamacare victim not?

    Peters just made a big mistake. Her story will get out and he will look all the worse for trying to silence her.

  • Veracious_one

    I would bet that Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) did not read the Obamacare bill before he voted on it,,,

    • BillRind

      they dont have to read it they were ordered by Pelosi, Reid and Obama to vote for it, if not he would have been exposed by the Obama minions for the skeletons in his closet. this administration works in the dark thru threats of destruction of character, death threats, etc.

      • Linnieloveshumanity

        This is the reality…the 20 ton elephant in the living room that explains why the government…right down to the pigs on the street do not serve the people.

        Libertarians know it…Socialists know it.

  • rangerrebew

    He isn’t saying what she says isn’t true, he simply doesn’t want his name attached to the truth and ruin his campaign. If stations have their licenses yanked for this, the whole TV industry should be wiped out for airing St. Algore’s assertions on global warming.

  • herb benty

    Look at him! Another up and coming D.C. porker, drunk on money and power. Gee, this is not what the Founders had in mind, in fact, this is the opposite.

    • Poor62

      He’s already a multimillionaire off his Wall Street related work.

      • herb benty

        Yes, that’s part of the Left’s big lie, that the Right is all big business that want to hurt regular folks. After money, the last vice is POWER.

  • jakespoon

    If you can’t attack her message,attack her. And these people care more than you do,yeah,right.

    • Poor62

      Just another sexist attack from the progressives.

  • Arizona

    OH,all the morons in michigan voted for one of the commies and now their in the street and sick,we just cry and cry,DEMONCRATES are easy to spot,they have VERY low IQ,and are usualy drooling,and are always saying really stupid things,like you’ll love your NEW OBOOZODEMONCARE,where you get the MARK OF THE BEAST and a free bus ticket to hell,yea demoncare,SORRY IDIOTS,I won’t be on the BUS with you,I’am not that stupid………………..

    • nanner

      Just a little info about MI, nothing personal. No we all here in MI didn’t vote for the demoncrates it was the larger cities like Detroit, Flint, Lansing and other union and welfare strong holds, that happen to be the most populated parts of the state. The ” heart-land ” of MI didn’t vote for these crooks. We here in the heartland of MI do not count these welfare centers as part of our state but we can’t banish them to NY either [ unfortunately ] The real people of MI want our jobs and industry back, as things are bad here we need the big 3 auto makers to quit sending everything to Mexico, and China, I went from hauling auto parts and other manufactured goods from state to state or intra-state to having to haul it to Laredo TX, Mc Allen TX, Brownsville TX, Nogales and other border towns then the Mexican drayage company would take it across and bring the empty trailer back, the people in the population centers have no idea why we have few good jobs anymore, and keep voting for the same old shxt and the same old shxtheads. but it isn’t all of us. thank you for your patience.

      • Christian

        Just like California and America. A minority of worthless souls draining the life out of everyone else.

    • BillRind

      i wont be getting on that bus either, so I am with you.

    • Elegy56

      NY, CA and MI have to have the dumbest bunch of SOBs in this Republic. No matter how bad it gets, they continue to reelect the very people that make their lives worse.

  • Arizona

    I know all you wanted to do was kill children,and murder homeless people,BUT YOU SCREWED UP,the killers you elected WERE THIEVES TO,you better watch this,ITS the end of america IDIOTS,before its news-Prepear 2014 America Future-The Worst Economic Collapse Ever(video),you might want to watch this,if you think being sick is bad,don’t worry,you’ll be dead soon,thanks idiots,you destroyed the country…………….

  • Craig Edgin

    This story is sensationalized to portray Congressman Peters as the one, destroying, this poor lady, Julie Boonstra’s life. I’m now a Democrat, don’t drool served my country honorably and paid for it with my health and understand this issue is about who will control our healthcare. What will control healthcare? The very industry fighting to prevent affordable healthcare for all, the healthcare industry. Specifically those who have much to gain, our “healthcare” is already rationed to us and this is only getting worse.
    I truly wish this woman a long healthy life, same as the rest of our nation. Arguing about access, while profits put those least able to afford care either go without, suffer, die. As a proud American, I say if our leaders cannot work together then we the people need to work together. Will this happen, based on the comments here? I do not hide, I believe in discussion, debate and realization of truths. I still have God, hope in my countryman

    • A Z

      40% or more of us do not want top down control by the like so Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Peter King and others. You can join a commune any time you damn well please. You can also fund you our hospitals and form your own benefit societies. No one is stopping you except yourself.

      Why do you not form your own benefit society. No gumption? you want someone else to pay?

      It is all in at the point of a gun. Yes, the IRS , federal marshals all have guns and they are a a considerable force.

      Welfare before the Welfare State
      https://mises.org/daily/5388

      Selected past and present benefit societies
      Knights of Pythias
      Knights of Columbus
      Knights of Peter Claver
      Independent Order of Foresters
      Modern Woodmen of America
      Sons of Norway
      Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
      Canadian Fraternal Association
      The Royal Neighbors of America
      The Imperial Order of the Knights of Nubia
      Umberto Primo Society
      Woodmen of the World

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefit_society

      • skippingdog

        What “top down” control are you talking about? The fact that the insurance companies can’t unilaterally break your insurance contract when you make a claim?

        • A Z

          Government is more top down than insurance companies. There are multiple insurance companies,

          Plus one can challenge an insurance company by starting or joining a mutual aid society. i have joined a mutual aid society. Have you?

          You can challenge a government though the ballot box and protest marches. you do more and it is usually called treason. Governments are usually much more top down than companies.

        • poest

          What’s her deductible, Skippy?

          • A Z

            A leftist linked this

            http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/21/koch-brothers-running-extremely-dishonest-obamacare-ad.html

            From what they say it a “wash” (her new improved care is $2 higher overall). If it is a wash, then why put us though all of this?

            But she is middle aged. The young are going to get screwed.

            The old 75& above will get shafted.

            So they are going to spin this wash as win.

          • poest

            The deductible is a “wash” because they say it’s a “wash”? They think we are stupid! Check out the deductibles, co-pays and policy costs, by state, here:
            http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/656121.pdf

          • A Z

            Is the ad still running?

            Thx for the link.

          • poest

            I don’t know if the ad is still running. It is stunning that the GAO in the link I submitted above is in direct conflict with the honey coated garbage the administration spreads like manure in a farmer’s field. I just pray the electorate will not be as ignorant by Nov. 2014 about what this administration has been inflicting on our poor countrymen and woman as they were in 2007 and 2012!

          • April Ciolek

            I JUST watched it.

          • skippingdog

            Neither she nor her spokeshole from AFP will give those details. Why is that?

          • poest
          • skippingdog

            That information is only relevant when compared to her old policy, which neither she nor AFP will release details of.

          • poest

            It gives a pretty accurate reading of what her deductible will be with Obamacare. As you can see they are all pretty much extortionate! In any event, November will be the true test of just how the Un-Affordable Care Act will be scored. As it now stands, it has been a swindle.

          • skippingdog

            While it’s possible to figure out what her new deductible and coverage may be, it still doesn’t answer any questions about what her old policy deductible and coverages were. Isn’t that the central theme of her supposed complaint, that her current policy costs more and delivers less than her old one? No way to tell unless she or AFP release the details of her old policy.

          • poest

            It is consensus that all individual policies have increased in cost due to the Un-Affordable Care Act.
            Knowing her previous cost is not material. What is material is the fact that Obamacare does not fit her requirements. What is material is that she was happy with her previous policy!

            http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303945704579390772732855560?mod=djemMER_h

            http;//theweek.com/article/index/254564/the-hidden-costs-of-obamacare

            http;///www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/obama-administration-health-laws-new-rules-will-increase-costs-for-most-small-businesses/2014/02/24/0623d01e-9d9c-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html

            http://wwwcbsnews.com/news/obamacare-blamed-for-increases-in-insurance-costs/

          • skippingdog

            She’s getting the same treatment now for what appears to be a substantially reduced premium. She has no lifetime cap on her coverage, and he out of pocket expenses are limited to about $12k per year for an illness that will cost millions of dollars to treat for the remainder of her life.

          • poest

            Her care wasn’t costing the taxpayer a dime before the Un-Affordable Care Act!!!

          • skippingdog

            That’s a different question than the one she’s trying to make in her claims. The purpose of insurance is to pool risk. Having people outside of the insurance pool, or people who are underinsured, increases the financial risks for everyone else.

          • poest

            Her old policy, and all of those before the Un-Affordable Care Act pooled risk! What’s more, no family will save the $2500 promised. Almost no one will be able to keep their doctor or hospital. To add to the calamity, the 30 million previously uninsured and targeted by Obamacare for insurance, most likely a majority of those will remain uninsured! And now we have seen more than 5 million lose their insurance with a hundred million more to lose their’s in 2015. But, so far a questionable 4 million have signed up? Have they paid up? So, what was the point? There was an obvious simple way to have eliminated the inequities of the previous system. However, Mr Reid, in his infinite wisdom set aside all House amendments, refused to take them up on the Senate floor, and rammed through this O’bomination on Christmas Eve! The final vote on this will be this November.

          • skippingdog

            Why would the majority of the 30 million you cite remain uninsured? Isn’t obtaining health insurance so you don’t become a burden on society exactly the kind of personal responsibility you folks are always preaching about?

          • poest

            Because it is cheaper to pay the fine.. YOU should pay attention. In addition, most of the 4 million are signing up for medicaid. And they too are continuing to visit the emergency room. Obamacare was supposed to eliminate this stress on the hospital system. And, all of the additional medicaid enrollees are fiscally damaging those hospitals that cater to a majority of these patients. Hospitals catering to a majority of medicaid patients are either going down like dominoes, or refusing to treat medicaid patients…including one in my area. What was the point of all of this disruption?

          • skippingdog

            The fine will be increasing in upcoming years, to the point where it will soon be cheaper to buy insurance. Economics is all about choices and penalties. Like other businesses we’ve seen over the past two decades, hospitals will continue and quicken their pace of consolidation because that’s what makes the most economic sense for them. Even the Medicaid patients being treated at the ER will now have their bills at least partially paid by their insurance, which means people like me, who pay the full freight for their private insurance, won’t be directly subsidizing them through my own policy costs. We’ll all be subsidizing them in aggregate, but that’s consistent with the concept of expanding the risk pool to prevent its concentration on one group as it is now.

          • poest

            The IRS can only collect a fine if they owe one a tax refund! So the increase in the fine is simply a moot point. As for hospitals. Ask a resident in northern New Hampshire how they like traveling 200 miles past the non network hospitals in order to have their baby delivered in a southern New Hampshire network hospital.

          • skippingdog

            It will apply to your estate when you die, so it will get paid eventually. It can also be assessed against any other payment you might receive from the federal government, including military and civil service pensions, social security, etc. Since most people do get some level of tax refund each year, it will likely affect them if they choose not to comply with the law.

            Here’s the legislative history of the ACA. As you read it, remember that amendments made in committee are not the same as Reid agreeing to accept amendments from the floor. That’s simply the nature of partisan politics and further proof that elections have consequences.

            http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/LLJ-Archives/Vol-105/no-2/2013-7.pdf

          • poest

            The IRS has to owe you money in order to collect. Period.

          • skippingdog

            You’re simply incorrect, once again. Believe that if you wish. In the meantime, prepare yourself to have any federal money you’re owed diverted to pay your fine if you don’t comply with the law.

            You’ll also find that the fines accrue for each year you don’t pay them, and there’s nothing in the ACA to prevent the reporting of that outstanding debt to credit report firms. Do you really think anybody will loan you money for a home or car if you’ve got a large and unpaid IRS debt hanging over your head?

          • poest

            While the IRS can add a Obamacare penalty to the balance of taxes due, the law does not give the agency power to go after taxpayers who fail to pay the penalties.
            http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2013/09/23/countdown-to-obamacare-the-penalties-for-uninsured-americans

          • skippingdog

            Here’s a nice review of the ACA fines from Forbes. It won’t be cheaper for most people to pay the fine, and it’s likely to eventually cost them as much as it would to just buy insurance.

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2013/11/07/how-big-is-the-penalty-if-you-dont-get-health-insurance/

          • skippingdog

            It’s probably beneficial for you to remember that the House refused to conference on the ACA after the Senate passed its bill. The Senate bill contained something on the order of 100 Republican amendments, which those same Republicans then voted against because the though of giving President Obama a “political victory” was something they and their handlers just couldn’t tolerate.

            The best legislation comes out of a true willingness to find points of agreement and compromise on behalf of everyone those legislators were elected to represent and serve. The Republicans turned the ACA into a “all or nothing” choice, and got it passed over their heads and their objections as a result.

            The election in November may well result in some losses for Democrats because of the Senate election calendar. It won’t change anything having to do with the ACA because neither the House or the Senate will have anything like a veto-override majority, and the 2016 election will be far more favorable to Democrats for the same reason the 2014 election favors Republicans right now.

          • poest

            Mr. Reid has since 2008 restricted almost all of Republican amendments from advise and consent, simply shelving them, refusing to have them brought up. In Addition, Mr. Reid prevented any Republican input to the Un-Affordable Care Act prior to and including the Christmas Eve it was passed. Mr. Reid continues to this day to remind Republicans that any amendment concerning Obamacare is dead on arrival, will not be discussed. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say It is the Republican House that refuses to compromise. It is the Democrats who do so with their majority in the Senate, led by a criminal, and their neighborhood organizer in the White House.

          • skippingdog

            There were 197 amendments to the Senate bill, of which 160 were Republican amendments. That’s hardly preventing their input, anymore than the Hastert Rule prevents input from Democrats in the House.

            http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/prescriptions/2009/07/this_is_what_bipartisanship_looks_like.html

          • poest

            Which Republican amendments hit the floor and were not shelved before the Un-Afforodable Care Act became law?

          • skippingdog

            Apparently 167 of them, including the requirement that members of Congress obtain their insurance through one of the exchanges. The facts are easy to find. You look them up if you really care about it.

          • poest

            Prior to passage, no Republican amendments reached the floor of the Senate! Prior to passage, Republicans did not have a majority in the House. Are you talking about after passage?

          • skippingdog

            The facts simply don’t support your claim, which makes it false. If your claim were true, the amendments by Coburn and Grassley would not have made it into law. Ted Kennedy’s death and replacement by Scott Brown made any more amendments impossible to pass, which is why the Senate bill eventually became law – even though it contained many flaws that would have been worked out in conference had the Republicans chosen to actually do their jobs.

          • poest

            Scott Brown was prevented from from taking his seat until AFTER the votes!

          • skippingdog

            That’s because Ted Kennedy wasn’t dead yet.

          • poest

            You must have amnesia. Ted Kennedy died Aug. 25, 2009! Scott Brown was prevented from taking his seat until after the vote. It is in the record for everyone to see.

          • skippingdog

            Your memory seems to have misplaced Senator Paul Kirk, who was appointed to Kennedy’s seat until the following election of Brown.

            http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2013/nov/12/scott-brown/scott-brown-says-opponents-delayed-his-swearing-pa/

          • poest

            My memory is just fine. Massachusetts delayed Scott Brown’s swearing in several weeks in order to prevent him from voting on the Un-Affordable Car Act. It worked out just fine for Democrats, and now they and you own the calamity that is unfolding now. It is working out just great for cancer patients and all of those who unfortunately are stricken with serious disease and are losing their doctors, hospitals, and drugs.

          • skippingdog

            No they didn’t. In fact, Brown was sworn in faster than other elected officials.

          • poest
          • skippingdog

            Except that your claim has been thoroughly debunked by the facts and the calendar, as noted in the link I provided above. Posting some wingnut blog doesn’t change the easily verifiable facts.

            Here it is again if you couldn’t figure out how to open it.

            http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2013/nov/12/scott-brown/scott-brown-says-opponents-delayed-his-swearing-pa/

          • poest

            My mistake. You are right on this point. My dates were wrong. With reconciliation it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. However, all of the underhanded and dirty deals used to pass this legislation without advise and consent lost the House to Republicans in 2010. Because of the dirty and underhanded politics concerning the health care calamity and repercussions from the IRS, and EPA scandals, loss of the Senate to Republicans might be in hand. From my point of view, the “wing nuts” have been in charge of the government starting in 2007 when Democrats took over both houses of Congress. We suffer from the fallout since. After 5 years more people in poverty, lowered wages for the 99%, high unemployment, especially for blacks, the smallest work force in 30 years in spite of the 2,000,000 per year added to the work force through population growth alone…. and of course, higher taxes with Obamacare. November will be interesting.

    • A Z

      What is sensationalized?

      She did not have cancer?
      She did not lose her insurance?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Health care should be controlled by people, not governments or companies.

    • Christian

      Serious? So this woman’s factual story is wrong? This woman being denied medical care due to a one sided bill is wrong?

      Here is hoping you sir are affected with some horrible disease and can not find treatment due to this bill. But as all liberals think (you outed yourself not me) “Hey it does not affect me so who cares.?”

      Trying to justify yourself with “hey I served my country” is bullshit. We all know your type in the service, bitching and complaining when made to do your duty that you signed up for and were paid to do..

      I served my country and understand my oath. You sir, do not.

      Your life explained to you.

      Democrats = Liberals = Nazis = Moslems = Selfish children.

      • skippingdog

        Yes, the woman’s “factual story” is wrong.

        • poest

          What is her deductible?

    • A Z

      “I’m now a Democrat”

      Maybe, maybe not. You worked as a BMEU clerk in the Post Office for 20 years sorting bulk mail and were a union member.

      What unit were you a part of in Desert Storm?

    • 8540win

      “I believe in discussion, debate and realization of truths” …I suggest you sit right down, write your democrat senator or representative a nice letter sharing your philosophy with him… Instead of sitting by and watching them nod their heads while this POTUS signs his unconstitional executive orders. In an odd sort of way, you might be brave, anyone I know won’t admit voting for him, the second time, let alone the first…. and the closer we get to November, it will be almost entertaining to watch your fellow democrats behavior. They are all about protecting their own political hides, as the emperor’s “signature” legislation continues to implode. You mess with a U.S. Citizens life or death healthcare, or those of their loved ones, and I don’t care what political party you belong to, you will pay at the ballot box if you are the one responsible for sending them or those they love to an early grave.

    • SandyLester

      So are you saying woman is lying in order to present obamacare as a failure?
      Or are you saying this alleged American who is trying to obliterate the First Amendment is right in what he he doing?
      86% of the people before obamacare liked their policies, now 5+million have lost coverage.
      Few people are signing up because it is so damed expensive.
      But hey look on the bright side, she’ll die from cancer but at least she can get birth control

      • skippingdog

        Yes. She’s being used as a tool.

        • SandyLester

          ah no. She is telling everyone her story because it is painful to be put in the position she is in because of obamacare.
          There have been hundreds of these cases reported, and we know that 6+million have lost their coverage, with more losing this year.
          So who is using her?

          • skippingdog

            Ah, yes. She’s telling her “story” because she is being used by the Koch Brother and their AFP PAC, as well as the various people who don’t seem to care about facts in this discussion.

            http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/21/koch-brothers-running-extremely-dishonest-obamacare-ad.html

          • SandyLester

            The facts:
            1. she has cancer
            2. she lost her policy because of obamacare
            3. she has another one which does not give her enough coverage even though she is paying more
            4. You refuse to beleive her, because you have some weird obsession with the evil Koch brothers (psst you realize they only don’t 18M a year, 58th on the list of large contributors….guess who’s first?
            hint GS
            gee, I wonder if those evil KB are going to bring the 6M+ to the for front so they can talk about their troubles just to get under your skin.
            Like all liberals, you ignore facts and run with emotion.

          • skippingdog

            The facts:

            She does have cancer.
            She moved to a new Blue Cross policy with ACA.
            She is now paying slightly more than one-half of the monthly premium cost than she was required to pay before the switch.
            She has been used by AFP and the Republicans to push their own agenda, even though she is personally benefiting from her insurance continuation and ACA subsidies.

            Those aren’t emotions. Those are facts.

            While a rational person would not expect facts to have a liberal or conservative bias, it seems that the only people really concerned with verifiable facts these days are liberals. Those of you on the right seem much happier to just believe anything that confirms your existing biases.

          • SandyLester

            She is not benefiting, she is shelling out so much money she will go bankrupt, but we all see you are ok with that.
            So run along skippy you are boring me.

          • skippingdog

            She’s paying about $550 per month, on a policy with a standard price of $1100 per month, and she’s receiving lifetime care with no limit on the benefits she uses and no possibility of rescission by Blue Cross because she’ll end up costing them several million dollars if she survives for the standard cancer period of five years after diagnosis.

            Without the ACA, they would have long since dumped her without coverage or capped what she had available.

          • poest

            What is the deductible? The cost is in the deductible!

          • Ray Serafin

            Obamacare limits out-of-pocket costs (deductibles) to $6,350 a year. She is saving $6,348 a year on premiums. Do you think she paid nothing out of pocket previously? If so, then she is out a whopping $2 a year. This is not “threatening her life” as the commercial says.

          • poest

            Most likely she paid no where near that for a deductible.
            some charts here by state,including deductibles:
            http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/656121.pdf
            And here are some true life NYC examples from the NYTimes:
            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/nyregion/with-affordable-care-act-canceled-policies-for-new-york-professionals.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

          • poest

            Costs, including co-pays, deductibles, and policy costs, by state, here: http://www.gao/assets/660/656121.pdf

          • disqus_xp4GYx7DZk

            Skippy suuure can SHILL, can’t he??

          • PJ London

            He is probably being paid to keep on pushing his agenda, regardless of how ridiculous he comes across.
            At $0.20 per word, he can keep it up all day (night), he is doing great out of ACA.

          • skippingdog

            Here’s the Koch Brothers and AFP for you. The $18 million you claim is only direct donations. It doesn’t begin to account for the money they shovel into their political front groups.

            http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Americans_for_Prosperity

          • Ray Serafin

            By her own admission, she is not paying more and she still has the same doctor. You should get your facts straight. Read what she told the Detroit News.

          • SandyLester

            Ah, sorry she paying a LOT more for her coverage, her premiums are cut in half EVERYTHING is costing her more.

            Did you even read the article?

            Her total yearly costs have gone up significantly, because of obamcare. Because of obamacare mandates she lost the plan she wanted.

            But hey, she gets free BC (eye roll)
            http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140128/POLITICS03/301280098

          • Ray Serafin

            Did you read the article? It spells out how her monthly premiums have been cut in half. Can you do math? She is saving $6,348 a year on premiums. What kind of logic says her total yearly costs have gone up significantly when the law limits deductibles to $6,350 a year? How has this endangered her life, as the commercial says?

          • SandyLester

            Oh good grief.
            I said her premiums were reduced, that is a given.
            Her TOTAL yearly cost have gone up significantly.
            How hard is that for you to understand.
            I get that liberals always say “but the law limits deductibles” hahahahah
            Yea, that’s not happening.

          • Ray Serafin

            Good grief, indeed. You reach your conclusion only by believing that her insurer, Blue Cross, does not follow the law regarding deductibles.

          • SandyLester

            CA obamacare
            2 people 60 years old
            Blue Cross (medium plan)
            monthly premium $1,148
            deductible $9,000

            primary care visit 40% after deductible is reached

            hospital stay 40% after deductible is reached

            drugs 40% after deductible

            no life time cap per family
            doctors/treatment must be in network

            What we currently have now
            United Health Care
            monthly premium $358
            deductible $3,000
            co-pay primary care visit $25
            80% coverage after reaching deductible

            100% coverage after $10,000
            life time cap $5,000,000 per person
            no network limitation

            Tell me again how the “law” sets a limit?

            You simply have fallen for the liberal spin.

            Before you ask, why would we sign up for CA obamacare, we wont, we will take the fine.
            My husband has received a letter that his policy does not meet the mandates set for obamacare.
            But hey we do get free birth control (eye roll)

            Why do you think young families and people are not signing up, they can’t afford what is being offered.

          • SandyLester

            Oh, I watched the ad, simply brilliant and right on.

          • skippingdog

            It’s very pretty, but the claims are simply false. If you like that, you’re no doubt a proud member of the Tinfoil Tricorne Caucus.

          • SandyLester

            ah So let me see if I can get this correct.
            The 6+M who have lost their coverage are lying.
            The people who couldn’t afford health insurance before and can’t afford it now are lying.
            The 85% of the “enrolled” are getting medicaid, the other only 5% didn’t have insurance before and no one has paid are all lying.
            The people are not enrolling because the costs are higher and services reduced are lying.
            Everyone is lying but obama – got it.
            How very sad for you.

          • skippingdog

            Don’t know about the others. This story applies only to Julie Boonstra.

          • skippingdog
          • skippingdog
        • poest

          Who is the real tool. It looks like you,

          • skippingdog

            Not at all. I’m simply trying to get you folks to tell the whole and complete truth. The problem with that approach is that the whole and complete truth undermines your claims and makes you look silly.

          • poest

            Now, if you could get Obama and his lieutenants and consiglieri to tell the truth, then you would be doing something!

          • skippingdog

            If they weren’t telling the truth, by your definition, it wouldn’t be possible to keep rebutting your outlandish claims with facts and evidence.

          • poest

            You can’t rebut the consequences of the Un-Affordable Care Act. Where’s the meat? There is only one inconsequential claim I made. It was Scott Brown. I manned up to it. You continue, however, to shill a calamity.

          • skippingdog

            You’re still attempting to make long term judgements about a program that’s been up and running now for two short months, and for which the initial enrollment period hasn’t yet ended.

            Many people who’ve never had insurance are now becoming covered, and many more of those stories are coming.

            Each time you or AFP trot out another one of your one-off claims that some individual has lost their insurance, can’t get covered, will die because of the ACA, etc., etc., it is quickly debunked with facts, so I fully understand your frustration.

            Taking steps to expand access to proper medical care for a large portion of our population is hardly a “calamity,” unless you were one of those who profited from the old system or just have a streak of misanthropy in your makeup.

          • poest

            Stop with the shilling. Nothing good has been happening other than millions losing their insurance. They couldn’t keep what they liked, including doctors and hospitals. They are not saving $2500 per family as promised, and you want to tell me not to make long term judgements? Even democrats are running away from this “train wreck”!

          • skippingdog

            You have no idea how much anyone is saving yet, and the vast majority of people have exactly the same insurance plans they had a year ago. The annual increase in my insurance plan premiums has finally leveled off, in large part because I’m not now going to be responsible for fully subsidizing the free riders who either refused to obtain their own insurance like responsible adults or couldn’t afford to do so.

          • poest

            You are naive, still holding onto all of those wonderful selling points fed to you in the run up to this catastrophe. Your Obamacare insurance will go up next year when the insurance companies see how much money was lost. Perhaps they will be bailed out. No guarantee. Without a bailout we will be worse off and will still have 15 to 30 million without insurance!

          • skippingdog

            That’s always possible, although I don’t purchase my insurance from one of the ACA exchanges. If it does, you’re welcome to say “I told you so!”

            In the meantime, the estimate that 15-30 million will remain uninsured is based on the fact that insurance under the ACA plans will be unavailable to illegal aliens in the country, whose numbers range realistically at somewhere around 12 million people, and due to the continuing uninsured poor in states that are refusing to expand their Medicaid programs to comply with the ACA.

            We can certainly debate whether it makes sense to make ACA policies available to illegal aliens, who have accidents, illnesses, and are medically treated regardless of their legal status. The decision to preclude 15 million or more poor people from health insurance coverage just because they happen to live in Republican states that refuse to expand Medicaid is just another example of how Republicans continue to hate and work against the interests of those who have the least in our society.

          • poest

            Talk is cheap. How must one react to a large hospital in Westchester County, New York, that closed because It was a mecca to uninsured legal and illegal immigrants and medicaid patients? Also, a large teaching hospital in the same county that will not be accepting Obama Care patients for the same reason. They can not afford to as they are already swamped with Medicaid patients! The unbelievably shortsighted and incompetent construction of the Un-Affordable Care Act is slowly gaining and overtaking its overblown and deceitful advertising campaign. It’s a Rube Goldberg!

            “There is a lovely apocryphal story, generally told about Dwight D. Eisenhower during his time as president of Columbia University: The school was growing, necessitating an expansion of the campus, which produced a very hot dispute between two groups of planners and architects about where the sidewalks should go. One camp insisted that it was obvious – self-evident – that the sidewalks had to be arranged thus, as any rational person could see, while the other camp argued for something very different, with the same appeals to obviously, self-evident, rational evidence. Legend has it that Eisenhower solved the problem by ordering that the sidewalks not be laid down at all for a year: The students would trample paths in the grass, and the builders would then pave over where the students were actually walking. Neither of the plans that had been advocated matched what the students actually did WHEN LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES. There are two radically different ways of looking at the world embedded in the story: ARE OUR INSTITUTIONS HERE TO TELL US WHERE TO GO, OR ARE THEY HERE TO HELP SMOOTH THE WAY FOR US AS WE PURSUE OUR OWN END, GOING OUR OWN WAYS?”
            (My emphasis. Article containing this Kevin Williamson quote appeared in the “Goldberg File” Dec.6, 2013)

            “The paths were formally recognized by the planners only after the paths were created through human experience. In the parable of the fence, Chesterton says you must know why the fence was built before you can tear it down. But Burke and Hayek get at something even deeper: What if no one built the fence? …metaphorically, what if no one built it. Or what if everyone built the fence without realizing it. What if we are surrounded by fences that were never consciously built or planed but were instead the natural consequences of lived experiences like the footpath at Columbia?”….. Jonah Goldberg

          • skippingdog

            You’re certainly correct that talk is cheap. If you right wingnuts and your Republican masters had taken any sort of reasonable steps to address the gaping holes in our health insurance and healthcare systems over the past decade or more, the ACA would never have been necessary in the first place. You have yourselves to thank for the law, warts and all.

          • poest

            Your anger needs management. Your hate of conservatives prevents meaningful discourse. Conservative views are held by many…certainly not wing nuts. When you are not able to make your point, always resort to name calling? It’s the most prominent calling card of the left!

          • skippingdog

            Don’t be ridiculous. The only thing that ever makes me at all angry are the continuous lies you folks on the right tell about our history and your real intentions.

          • poest

            Likewise.

      • poest

        I’m pretty sure Skippy has skin in the Un-Affordible Care Act game! He’s the tool!

    • Aeffesstoo

      Do you really think your “service to the country” somehow entitles you to subjugate the population to obama’s half assed plan to control health care.

  • usmcmailman

    ALL Congress faggots lie ! Fire them ALL !

  • Christian

    liberals.. state facts and back them up they call for you to be silenced..

  • Danny Straw

    Thanks Obama for allowing me to now pick and chose what laws I now follow

  • Wakey1

    Boonstra’s story got two Pinocchios from the WaPo’s fact checker. Peters may have overreached with his lawyers’ letter, but that doesn’t make her story true.

  • IWillDestroyBlaze68

    Another piece of right wing propaganda. This woman is a liar, as is the author of this article. http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/21/koch-brothers-running-extremely-dishonest-obamacare-ad.html

  • sterchus

    The bottom line is that Peters is just as big a scumbag as you always thought he was. Now he’s gone and proved it.

  • skippingdog

    Only because she is. Her current insurance is half of what she was paying before and she is receiving treatment from the same oncologist.

    • Mary Brown

      Okay it is half, how much higher are the copays? The deductable? Her medication copays?

      • skippingdog

        Her copay for office visits went from $20 to $50, according to the report. Her monthly premiums went from over $1100 to slightly more than $550.

        The AFP spokeshole for the story wouldn’t reveal what her other costs were for her previous insurance policy because of “patient privacy.” That alone is enough to call BS on the claims.

        • PJ London

          So instead of exposing her, Peters silences her!
          If he had the ammunition, he would have shot her down, The fact that he wants to silence calls BS on your comment and interpretation.

          • skippingdog

            How did Peters “silence her?” By calling out the fact that she was being used as a tool by AFP? Don’t be ridiculous.

          • PJ London

            No Skippy, he had her taken off air.

            “Peters, who is running for a seat in the Senate, instructed his legal council earlier this week to demand that stations stop running the AFP ad”

            You are supposed to read the article before defending ACA.

            I had thought that you were a paid shill, but you are not smart enough to actually be employed.

          • skippingdog

            His lawyers sent a “stern letter” to a TV station. Big deal. Since when does anyone jump because they get a lawyer letter from some guy in Congress?

          • PJ London

            “They’ve even threatened to have the FCC pull the broadcast licenses of any station that decides to air the ad.”
            Oh no, like you they would just ignore the threat!
            Happy to just close down their business.
            Give it up Skippy, you are on the wrong side.

          • skippingdog

            Nonsense. It’s only a “threat” if there’s some practical ability to carry it out. A single Congressman has no such authority over the FCC, nor would he be likely to use it even if he did.

            I just love it when you nutjobs get all spun up over the goofiest and most outlandish claims, but won’t do something as basic as comparing the two policies side by side.

          • PJ London

            You call me a “nutjob” with your IQ in the single digits.
            Explain to me how when her costs becomes some $30 – 40k and her portion goes from 20% to 50% she can break even.
            She saves $550 on her contribution, and then spends $2000 to $3000 on her medical costs!
            I know you are getting rewarded for your stupidity, but at some point even you must see that this is a disgrace.
            This act is a huge bonanza for insurance companies, Healthcare companies and Corporations, and a catastrophe for ordinary working people.
            Of course of you are penniless, on welfare and earning below the poverty line, you would love it. But for anyone who is trying to pay their way through life, it is another burden to carry on behalf of the poor and the rich.
            Maybe you do not care about paying your way!

          • skippingdog

            Nowhere in any of the reports does she claim to be spending $30-$40k per year, and her total out-of-pocket exposure is slightly more than $12,000 per year.

            No insurance company pays for drugs not included in their formulary, particularly if there are formulary drugs available with the same level of proven efficacy.

          • PJ London

            So by your estimation, she saves $6,600 on her basic cover and has out-of-pocket of $12,000. I can see where that is such a good deal!

          • skippingdog

            She had some level of out of pocket expenses and deductibles in her previous policy, but the AFP spokesman won’t reveal what they were. If we’re going to evaluate her claims and do an objective comparison of her benefits, we need that information as well.

          • PJ London

            “(the woman) who says she is now struggling to pay out of pocket for her rising healthcare costs,”
            Why not just believe her.?
            Not everyone has an agenda, maybe she is just upset at the fact that having been promised one thing (Keeping her existing or saving on healthcare) she now has rising costs.
            That is “human interest news” and a TV or radio will air the story.
            The main story is that having been interviewed, a politician is trying to stop her interview from being shown on air with the threat of having the TV station’s license revoked.
            Do you insist on “objective proof” of every thing that anyone says on air? (Weapons of mass…, Assad used Chemical weapons, If you like your doctor you can keep him, etc…)
            I checked the letter and it is definitely a veiled threat.

          • skippingdog

            I don’t believe her because she has either been co-opted or volunteered herself as “evidence” in a political conflict. That means she can’t be considered objective, nor could AFP in any event.

            I have no idea what her intentions were, but once she inserted herself into a public discussion and used her own circumstances to demonstrate how our current public policy was “harmful” to her, it became her obligation to provide all of the information necessary for the objective audience she was appealing to to make their own decision. She didn’t do that.

          • skippingdog

            By the way, PJ. I’m happily retired and have an income that puts me in about the top 3%-4% anywhere in our country. I pay my own insurance costs, since I’m not eligible for Medicare or any ACA subsidy.

            Oh, my net worth is something in the low to mid 7-figure range, so I’m doing pretty well these days. Thanks for caring.

            How are you doing?

          • PJ London

            I am fine thanks.

            Not in US and also retired. Medical care is all private and one trip to hospital (Pulmonary thrombosis) can wipe out a nice chunk of your savings (Approx cost $40,000).

            What I do not understand about America, is how everything is depicted as a Dem vs Rep battle. Can’t people see that they are equally stupid and greedy. Can’t they see that regardless of who “sits in the drivers seat” the direction is the same, more and more corporatism.

            “They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want—they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interest. You know something, they don’t want people that are smart enough to sit around their kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. Because the owners of this country know the truth, it’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin

            I know that PR and Ad firms are capable of flat out, blatant lying, (They threw the babies out of the incubators, so you have to invade to save the babies).

            But I cannot see how people have so little regard for the less well off and the suffering.

            America is based on only one word “Greed”.

            The credo is “Iv’e got mine, so F*** you”.

            I have worked for and with American companies and vowed never again. They operate on Dick(head) Cheney’s frame

            “I will use the full power of the CIA and the U.S. military to steal the resources of any country who opposes the intrusion of Wall Street bankers, oil magnates and transnational corporations.

            a 1992 internal government document entitled “Defense Planning Guidance,” authored by then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney (CFR) and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz (CFR), which contemplated the use of military force against any nation the conspirators perceived to be hostile against their interests.

            So, your’e all right, not scared that one major medical setback can put you and your dependents on the street, with no support.
            Try looking at it from another viewpoint. What if your’e wrong, what if you had a Damascene experience, what if Jesus was right about rich men.

            “The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited

          • skippingdog

            I agree with nearly everything you wrote, which is why I’m left wondering why you would oppose the effort to make sure everyone has access to health insurance and healthcare without the fear that they will be pushed into bankruptcy.

            In the U.S., medical bills are the largest reason people end up filing for personal bankruptcy, but this woman now has a policy that will prevent such a thing from happening. Why would you oppose that?

          • PJ London

            Because the “Welfare healthcare” penalises anyone (everyone) who does not plead poverty. To take on more indigent persons, anyone (everyone) who stands on their own feet is worse off. Why should I be forced to pay for maternity cover? Why should you be forced to pay for my skydiving cover?
            I cancelled my health insurance 20 years ago, because I was tired of having other people rip-off the insurance, and the insurers arguing anytime that a claim was made (You are not covered for “sports” injuries).

          • skippingdog

            That’s only Medicaid you’re referring to, but the entire purpose of any insurance plan is to pool risk. That pooled risk is what makes the plans affordable for anyone.

            You probably do some things that I don’t do, whether that be riding a motorcycle, swimming in a pool, smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, failing to exercise, etc., etc. People pursuing their own interests are seldom going to fit into a mold of conformity, so making sure there is coverage for everyone – obviously, within rational reason – is good for us as a society.

            I don’t have children. Does that mean I shouldn’t have to pay the taxes needed to fund public schools?

          • skippingdog

            You make many valid claims about the faults of American business culture and our compromised ethics. Most thoughtful people believe these developments are directly related to the amount of money now involved in seeking office here, as well as by the rent-seeking that has become a routine part of American business practices over the last 75 or so years.

    • Poor62

      You best read the rest of the story and not the leftist media version considering no one, not of them ever bothered to talk her.

      http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/01/anti-obamacare-cancer-patient-attacked-by-reid-now-receiving-death-wishes-from-liberals/

  • BillRind

    Peters lunacy is problematic in that lefty loon democratic party. hey,people, dont vote for another democrat because if you do then you will have taken part in the destruction of your nation and livelihood, there all Marxists, every single one of them. these communist bastards cannot be trusted with the peoples money and the power that goes along with the office.

  • Elegy56

    What a lowlife excuse for a human being.

    • Poor62

      I hope you are referring to sexist Peters.

  • Dan

    How dare she speak the truth! Rep. Peters has a right to be Sen. And the truth will not stop him. This “little person’s” story must not get out. Back! Peon! Go back home.

  • wboehmer

    About-to-be FORMER Representative Peters is going to learn the hard way that calling the victim of Obamacare a liar & trying to bully the local TV station are not winning Senate election strategies.
    If instead he had called out the real Obamacare liar – the president himself – he might have had a shot.

  • Michael L Bollman

    post this animals address please

  • wboehmer

    Julie Boonstra’s problem with Obamacare is the same as many others have.
    She’s already receiving treatment, so she has yearly expenses which make the cost of her premiums a secondary matter. If she has to pay the full amount of her deductible every year, that $550/month Obamacare premium savings doesn’t go very far & doesn’t work as the bluff Obama intended.
    Besides, everyone who’s had their prior insurance canceled by Obamacare has a legitimate gripe if only because of the nuisance factor & effort required to arrange a replacement.
    Obamacare is a FRAUD!

  • pelermon

    He demands that he should have no responsibility for his actions.

  • kirkmcloren

    Lets hope Peters loses the election over this.

  • hp b

    C’mon Peters, you’re going about it the wrong way.

    Anti-Semite! Anti-Semite! Anti-Semite!

    Sheesh, was that hard?

  • Zombee

    Democrat Peters voted for the Obamacare Bill that is now starting to hurt people and this poor woman. He must accept responsibility for his ‘yes’ vote for the Affordable Care Act. Now pathetic sleazy Democrat Peters is trying to silence this woman.

  • Johnny Houston

    Vote him out!

  • Disgusted with liar tea bagger

    Wow what a bunch of tea party liars on this page. She has coverage now at 50% of what she was paying and a better plan. Of course none of you can fact check. So glad when the tea party is dissolved

    • poest

      Show me where you are getting your “facts”.

    • Nagra Gautiavana

      For a family of four, Originally I had a $210/mo group insurance change to my company offering a ACA LEGAL crap Indemnity for $400/mo. Went to ACA website expecting $2500 savings and less than my cell phone bill….what did I find?…..$560/mo cheapest and a $12,000 deductible. All the ACA said cheaper? But the real killer is the catastrophic valued deductible on those plans–$12,000!?! This is absolutely unaffordable.
      The premium is unaffordable for someone that makes “too much” to get subsidies. My question is why middle class people are lied to in such a fashion and squeezed even more or a tax imposed for living and existence.

  • Good Grief what a $h1t!

    I wonder what the Gov’t will Phuck up next? They can’t even run the postal service or Social Security. Why in the h3ll are we letting them do anything with health care? And who were the Darwin award candidates that that voted Obama the Lyin King into to office? Whoever voted him in should have to go live in Canada or France if they want to do the socialist thing and leave the rest of us the hell alone
    in peace!

  • Ray Serafin

    Instead of a knee-jerk reaction to Peters, do the math. Boonstra told the Detroit News that she was able to get a new Blue Cross plan through Obamacare and is saving $6,348 a year on her premiums while getting to keep her doctor. Under the new law, her out-of-pocket costs are limited to $6,350 a year, so she is out only $2 a year if her old plan had zero deductibles (not likely, so it is very probable she has saved money). Who dragged her into the middle of the political battle? It was the Koch Brothers putting up $750,000 for media time. She willingly sat for the commercial, and likely was compensated. It wasn’t Peters or the Dems who made her an issue.

    • Poor62

      “Boonstra is on five different medications to help deal with her
      leukemia. The Blue Cross PR spokesman claimed that they are all covered. But when Boonstra went to fill her prescription for Loratadine — a prescription-level equivalent of Claritin that she uses to control
      congestion brought on by chemotherapy — she was told that Loratadine is not covered. She has not yet attempted to restock any of her other meds but she is already having to come with strategies to deal with that
      problem. The $5,100 cap on Boonstra’s out-of-pocket spending is for in-network care only. If she has to go out of network, she could spend an
      additional $10,200. When Boonstra was first diagnosed, she had to go
      through a painstaking process to get approval for her chemotherapy drugs to be covered. When she finally found insurance she liked, she had no problem with the chemo drugs. She now says that process is starting all over again. Boonstra has already had to cut back on her bone marrow biopsies, which she was having on a regular schedule she had worked out with her doctor, because she doesn’t have clarification on whether these will be covered. I could go on, but the bottom line is this: Julie Boonstra told the truth, and arrogant media “fact checkers” had a lot of nerve claiming she hadn’t when they never even talked to her.”

      http://hotair.com/archives/201

      • rays15

        I use loratadine, It is available over the counter. It used to be covered by insurance, but the rights to Claritin exclusivity expired and the generic is cheaply and widely available. I get loratadine from Costco, they call it AllerClear. It is $12.99 for 365 10 mg tablets. One a day is what I take. If you tell me she takes a prescription level that is double or triple the dosage, it doesn’t sound all that life threatening. My wife has MS. We spend $10,000-$20,000 a year on out of pocket on costs that no insurance will cover,

  • skippingdog

    Pure BS. My premiums have risen between 12% and 20% per year over the last decade, long before the ACA was even a twinkle in anyone’s eye. That applied to my Aetna premiums and then equally to my Blue Cross premiums.

  • Dark Cyberian Knight

    Why let reality get in the way of a good story?
    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/the-most-misleading-anti-obamacare-ad-yet

  • Susan Benton Emery Satterfield

    Sorry if you are wrong. If her planned canceled, it is because her are the insurance companyare idiots. They took the oportunity to get rid of a big risk member. She should be sueing them. I have been on the sight and i put in our numbers and guess what, it offered me the exact BCBS policy i already have for the same money. Now who is wrong. Me, BCBS, or the horrible insurance that poor women had. She can pick Priority Health also, I had that for fifteen years. Also very good insurance. Based out of St Joes Mercy and Spectrum. Hospitals all over take it. Please stop lying to these people. It is horrible of you.

  • Poor62

    Let’s not forget that Gary Peters is a 1% multimillionaire who made his money off clients while working at Merrill-Lynch and PaineWebber. One of the hated Wall Street fat cats, except he’s a progressive democrat, so he gets a pass. In his commercials he says he’s just an ordinary family man, blah, blah, blah, working for the middle class. Really? A 1% fat cat Democrat working for the middle class while lining his pockets with special interest cash.
    Gary said if you like your doctor and health plan, you can keep them, over and over. But the sexist attacks from his supporters and himself would lead one to believe that they are the ones waging a war on women, even teh ones he is not running against.