The ironic twist of the Koch brothers’ “fame” is how I’ve found that liberals know who are they far more often than conservatives. Which is an interesting fact considering the Koch brothers are largely responsible for much of the right-wing propaganda of the last few years – especially the tea party.
Their crowned jewel of political advocacy, Americans for Prosperity, has been one of the driving forces behind much of the anti-Obamacare rhetoric conservatives like to regurgitate.
Lately, though, they’ve become quite famous for anti-Obamacare ads that they’ve been running which have all turned out to be complete lies. Not only that, it seems that every person they’ve featured in one of these ads has actually turned out to benefit from “Obamacare.”
The most recent example of this came when Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient, said that her old plan was canceled because of “Obamacare” and her new plan was too expensive. A claim that was quickly torn apart by just about every fact-checker who looked into it, with most actually discovering that she would be paying less thanks to “Obamacare.”
Then there was another ad where Americans for Prosperity edited comments made by a man at a town hall meeting to make it sound like he said something against “Obamacare,” when in fact he was talking about Medicaid.
So the Koch brothers, being worth billions of dollars (spending hundreds of millions against “Obamacare”), can’t seem to find a single truthful “Obamacare horror story?”
If these two men, with essentially unlimited resources, are struggling to really find a “horror story” that plays well with the American public – doesn’t that say something? Isn’t that essentially proof that the law’s working?
Supposedly 5 million people “lost” their health insurance (though they didn’t lose insurance, they just had to switch plans), and millions more are paying a record amount for health insurance – shouldn’t they be flush with people they can film to tell their stories slamming “Obamacare”?
Yet time and time again when these ads air, fact-checkers are trashing them for not only being ridiculous, but often the person in the ad is actually benefitting thanks to “Obamacare.”
So, in their attempts to slander the Affordable Care Act, what the Koch brothers actually seem to be doing is proving that the health care law (while far from flawless) is actually working.