Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Anti-Obamacare Advert - Is it all lies?


American's For Prosperity say they are committed to educating citizens about economic policy and gaining citizen activists, which are the core of their organisation. Without the aid of activists, they would not gain anything. The activists help by writing letters and signing petitions to those who make laws,  AFP claims this is done in order to uphold freedom and prosperity. They boast over 2 million activists scattered in all 50 states, with over 90,000 Americans making financial contributions to the organisation to help them with their work. AFP have an online petition on their website, urging for US citizens to sign it to get the idea of Obamacare overturned.

This video by American's For Prosperity, tells the story of Julie Boonstra, a Leukaemia patient who was told that her health insurance had been revoked due to the effects of Obamacare. She goes on to talk about how the cost of her treatment is so high, that she can't afford it anymore, but due to the severity of her Leukaemia, without this treatment she will die. This plays at the viewers heartstrings, especially as the video shows her with her family and enjoying life. She believes that Obamacare is not the answer, and that her trust in Obama was misplaced and she feels lied to.


However, it seems that this video is misleading to the viewer. Cenk Uygur pulls Boonstra's video apart, as he discovered that her story may actually be false. He claims that she has actually wound up better off, and on a much better health plan than that she was originally on, which is actually cheaper but she gains more from it, and even managed to keep the same doctor. Uygur even worked out by gaining Obamacare, she saves over $1000 a year, although still receives exactly the same treatment.

Uygur's video concludes that most anti-Obamacare videos are based on lies, because there isn't any, or enough evidence to prove that it is actually damaging to the lives and the welfare of US citizens. He says that these stories have been fabricated merely just to get ignorant viewers to empathise with these cases and decide to join their cause, despite having no grounds to fight on. So is Obamacare really a good idea? The evidence would suggest yes, but there will always be people fighting against things like this. Maybe they just don't like change.


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