How the Koch Brothers use cancer survivors for propaganda

What is Harry Reid talking about?

“It’s too bad that they’re [Charles and David Koch] trying to buy America, and it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

He’s talking about this. Cue soap opera soundtrack:

I was diagnosed with leukemia. I found out I only have a 20 percent chance of surviving. I found this wonderful doctor and a great health care plan. I was doing fairly well fighting the cancer, fighting the leukemia, and then I received a letter. My insurance was canceled because of Obamacare. Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable. If I do not receive my medication, I will die.

Obamacare is so expensive the poor woman can no longer buy her cancer medication. Now she’s resigned herself to death. Except, as Harry noted, that’s not really what you might call “true.”

Julie Boonstra, 49, starred last month in an emotional television ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity that implied Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’ vote for the Affordable Care Act made her medication so “unaffordable” she could die…

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.

That her new policy is less “unaffordable” than her previous one undercuts AFP’s epic tale of life and death. The heroic cancer survivor was apparently getting weepy on TV for no reason. Thanks to the Kochs’ propaganda impresarios, we’re stuck with the lasting impression that Julie isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the healthcare shed.

Boonstra’s old plan cost $1,100 a month in premiums or $13,200 a year, she previously told The News. It didn’t include money she spent on co-pays, prescription drugs and other out-of-pocket expenses.

By contrast, the Blues’ plan premium costs $571 a month or $6,852 for the year. Since out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100, including deductibles, the maximum Boonstra would pay this year for all of her cancer treatment is $11,952.

When advised of the details of her Blues’ plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper “can’t be true.”

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

The numbers don’t lie, my dear. If death itself hangs in the balance between your income and your healthcare expenses, as you swore in that dramatic ad, then Obamacare may have just saved your life. I’m sure you’ll realize this soon enough and will be as demonstratively grateful as you were once angry and blaming. At any rate, you’re welcome.

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