GOP bogus Obamacare:

GOP bogus Obamacare:  Bogus “Bette” was the centerpiece of the Republican Party’s attack on the Affordable Care Act following President’s State of the Union address.  “Bette” was an “unidentified Washington State resident” featured in the official response delivered by Rep. Cathy Rodgers (R-Wash). Bette had written her a letter stating that she had hoped the president’s healthcare law would save her money––but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month. According to Rodgers the lesson is: “Obamacare is not working.” Bette’s hometown newspaper discovered a much different “Bette” story. The Spokane Spokesman-Review says Bette Grenier owns a small business with her husband.  Grenier wrote Rodgers after her insurance company informed her that her $552-a-month catastrophic health plan was dropped and offered an alternative ACA plan at $1,052 a month. To Washington State Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, the offer sounded like hoodwinking the Greniers to an overpriced option.  He and other experts couldn’t understand how a state resident “would have no choice but to pay $700 per month more to meet ACA requirements. Through the Washington State insurance exchange ACA coverage is much less, with a far lower deductible than $10,000 and broader coverage, though no four free doctor visits. Grenier flatly refused to even look at exchange options. “We liked our old plan. I refused to consider the Obamacare.” The Greniers decided not to get insurance.  The real lesson, therefore, is GOP “Bette” had nothing to do with “Obamacare not working.” Perhaps brainwashed by GOP propaganda, Bette Grenier refused even to consider ACA benefits. A bogus story, however did not deter the “stop-Obamacare-at-any-price” GOP from deliberately misleading the true “Bette” story just to malign healthcare reform. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

 

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