Remember Julie Boonstra, the cancer patient who claimed in a Koch Brothers-funded ad that Obamacare got her good insurance plan cancelled and now her new insurance plan’s “out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable?”
It turns out that she’s actually saving at least $1,200 a year with her new “unaffordable” insurance plan.
Boonstra’s ad has come under fire before, with Sen. Harry Reid saying it (and other anti-Obamacare ads) was “untrue” last week. (Boonstra has called Reid’s statement hurtful and demanded an apology.) Today, the Detroit News did even more digging and found that Boonstra’s old plan cost her $13,200 a year in premiums alone. That’s not including what she spent on out-of-pocket expenses, like co-pays and deductibles.
Boonstra’s new “unaffordable” plan, on the other hand, will cost her $11,952 in premiums and out-of-pocket costs, which means she’s saving at least $1,200 a year — probably a lot more than that, as out-of-pocket maximums are usually several thousand dollars.
All these high profile Obamacare ‘horror stories’ all have one thing in common: They turn out to be bullshit upon closer scrutiny.
Here’s the thing, I fell into a coverage gap. I can’t get any kind of subsidy because my job offers ‘complaint’ insurance (though, at $400 a month, it’s still not affordable to me) - so the law really doesn’t do me any good personally.
That said, if the ACA was really as horrible as some would lead you to believe, why all the bullshit horror stories? Why do they always fall apart under scrutiny?