Koch Brothers Are Quickly Proving that the Health Care Law is Actually Working

Julie-BoonstraThe 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Pipercat

    One other way to facilitate the law is to stop calling it anything other than The Affordable Care Act. That other reference is psycho-linguistics.

    • strayaway

      I generally refer to it as the (un)ACA because it is turning out to be societally unaffordable. Most recently, the Obama administration has announced that families including illegal aliens were not going to get into immigration problems if they subscribed. President Obama had promised that illegal aliens were not going to receive coverage when he was selling the (un)ACA. In fact, he suddenly started using a 30M uninsured Americans number instead of the 40M uninsured Americans number that he had previously used to make the numbers work without insuring illegal aliens. Now he has changed his mind on that selling point to some extent and it can be shelved with his other (un)ACA promises like you can keep your own doctor, you can keep your old plan, and the (un)ACA will lower the insurance coverage costs of the average American family $2,500/year. All were lies. It’s getting so bad that the President has used his magical pen and phone to postpone major mandates until after the 2014 elections. At least the no bid $500M computer contract given to Obama’s friends can be filed in Obama’s infrastructure legacy.

      • Pipercat

        We’ve had this conversation before. Unfortunately, most of what you posted is nonsense and irrelevant. You posted somewhere before about your current status. Either someone else is supplying your insurance, you are paying for your own like me (if you are, did you check out the exchanges?) or your in Medicare. Honestly, if you don’t have a dog in this race, you’re not vested; ergo, you are making assumptions based upon your preconceived prejudices. I pay for my policy and my premiums have covered all the costs according to the EOB. Thanks to having access to a “real” policy, I found out about a problem with a vitamin deficiency because, wait for it, I now have access to routine blood tests. You once ended after a good word whipping by me, that I hope I was glad being on the dole. I know where the money is coming from, and as such, I know that big hospitals and greedy providers will have to wait a few extra steps before they get their continued dole.

      • strayaway

        Ewww, whipping people, you’re so kinky Pipercat.

        Which of these isn’t true?
        1. you can keep your current policy.
        2.you can keep your doctor.
        3. illegal aliens aren’t to receive any (un)ACA coverage.
        4. the family health care insurance coverage costs of the average American family would go down $2,500/year.

        Enjoy the dole. One problem is that the “big hospitals and greedy providers, the lawyers, insurance company profits, and big pharma profits haven’t become less profitable because of the (un)ACA. Someone else is subsidizing you. Learn to say “thanks, succors” to the rest of us as you already know how to say “thank you Mr. magic pen and phone man”. I don’t like all the profiteers either but they are still there.

      • Pipercat

        Why would I have kept that shit policy?
        I kept my doctor!
        Good luck proving that illegal alien bullshit.
        My individual costs went down $1500.

        As for subsidies, they’re coming from medicare direct payments. You know, the till where those big hospitals, pharma and greedy providers have been stealing from. Hell, some asshole doctor tried to punch my wife’s ticket. I paid into it like everybody else. So instead going directly for unnecessary procedures, it goes via tax cuts into an insurance pool that covers a large number of people that are receiving necessary health coverage. This means that folks around my age will hit medicare far healthier than our predecessors. Furthermore, this is now a results based insurance environment; it’s no longer a procedure based one.

        Oh, leave the sarcasm to the professionals.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        I know several people, including my 28 year old daughter, who have affordable insurance due to ACA.

      • Smmo

        How about the billions and billions the Cheney minions have received by killing our young men and women.

      • strayaway

        Given that we weren’t making that comparison and that Cheney is no longer setting policy, you are absolutely right. The Bush/Obama wars have gone on too long and it’s much better to waste money on inefficient heath care than to spend even more money on stupid wars although that comparison. Why are we still in Afghanistan?

  • Kelly McGee

    Every single time I see a fact check on these stories, I say the same thing. If your cause is just, you don’t have to lie. If you’ve got nothing but lies, you have nothing but bullshit and liars.

    • gmartini

      You just summed up the GOP and its platform in your last two sentences. Bravo!

  • Andy Kinnard

    Boonstra is also the wife of a Republican judge. I almost never see that piece of background information offered in assessments of her ad.

    • standbehindtheyellowline

      Was the wife of a Republican judge and the mother of his children.

  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    So many are unwilling to admit that President Obama has done good things. In all my years, I have never seen a President maligned as much as he is!