Star of anti-Obamacare ad refuses to accept proof that ACA will save her money

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:15 EDT
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The Michigan woman who starred in an anti-Obamacare flatly refused to believe that she would actually save money under the policy. The Detroit News informed Julie Boonstra Monday that according to their research, she would actually save more than $1,000 a year under the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare.

Saying it “can’t be true,” Boonstra told the News, “I personally do not believe that.”

Boonstra starred in “Julie’s Story: It’s Time to Listen,” an anti-Obamacare attack ad that claimed the Dexter, Michigan woman’s premiums would skyrocket under the ACA. Boonstra was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago and claimed in the 60-second spot that her old health care plan was canceled thanks to the new law.

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

Whereas Boonstra’s old plan cost $1,100 per month, it did not include any out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays, or prescription coverage. The News said:

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.

A representative of Blue Cross Blue Shield expressed concern to the paper that Boonstra doesn’t understand her new options as a cancer survivor under the ACA.

“We are here to help people like Ms. Boonstra to work their way through adjusting to the health plans we are now offering them,” said Blue Cross spokesperson Andy Hetzel. “If there are questions…they should call.”

Meanwhile, the ACA is gaining in popularity nationwide as more people begin to understand what it actually entails.

CNN reported Tuesday morning that half the public favors Obamacare or doesn’t support it because they believe it doesn’t go far enough. The CNN poll found that the uptick in support mainly occurred among young and college-educated Americans.

Americans for Prosperity — the group that funded the now-debunked anti-ACA ad — is a conservative think tank that receives significant funding from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) lambasted the Koch brothers and AFP as enemies of democracy.

On the Senate floor, Reid said that the Kochs are “trying to buy America” and “are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.”

Watch Boonstra’s now-debunked ad, embedded below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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