Earlier this week, in a desperate attempt to combat the bad press and devastating Republican campaign ads highlighting “ObamaCare horror stories”, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaimed on the Senate floor that all the stories we’ve been hearing about are untrue. “There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue … Lies distorted by Republicans to grab headlines,” Reid said.
I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers’ ads are a lie, but I’ll say this. Mr. President, the vast, vast majority of them are. And it’s time the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.
This morning on Fox and Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke to a mother whose family has been living an ObamaCare horror story since they lost their health insurance plan, last Fall.
Johanna Benthal, 17, was born with congenital malformations on her brain. She has undergone 89 surgeries. The most recent one was last night.
Johanna’s mom, Eileen Benthal, told Hasselbeck she was “offended” by Reid’s comments. “Here I was sitting at my daughter’s bedside, and I’ve spent the last three months – it’s been more than a part time job for me – to secure insurance after our termination happened in the fall.”
Eileen said they have lost one doctor and all out-of-state coverage. The family was left with three minor options that she described as “far less superior” to their previous coverage.
If Reid feels any regret for his offensive words, Eileen said to him, “I challenge you to make a donation to the Angioma Alliance in honor of Johanna Benthal.”
Last year, the Benthals’ insurance company paid the $27K needed for Johanna to have neurodiagnostic testing at a University of Chicago clinic. With no out-of-state coverage as of March 1, the family is looking to the grassroots organization to cover the cost.
“I’d like [Reid] to put his money where his mouth is,” Benthal said. “I’d like him to pay $30,000 dollars to the Angioma Alliance and make that donation, and apologize to me and to the American people.”
A second woman, Betsy Tadder, who saw her family’s health insurance canceled under ObamaCare told Martha MacCallum what she thought of Reid’s comments.
“I agree that there are lies being told about ObamaCare – and they’re being told all over America. I agree that he knows who the liars are and her knows who the liars are – and the difference is – I can sleep at night,” she said.
Julie Boonstra, Michigan mother battling leukemia is becoming a household name thanks to Democrat attacks on her story. She told radio host John Gibson that she is DEMANDING an apology from Harry Reid.
Julie says Reid is saying she “is a liar” but “being able to keep your plan..that was the lie”.
Ophthalmologist, Dr. Patricia McLaughlin joined Greta Van Susteren to set the record straight: We Are Not Liars and Phonies.
VAN SUSTEREN: When you hear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say these horror stories are wrong and untrue, what do you think? What do you say to him?
MCLAUGHLIN: I would just certainly hope that he said that in haste and that perhaps the information that was given to him came from a source that wasn’t correct. This is not the case that we are seeing in our practices and with stories patients are telling us.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, let’s go specific. Let me go first to your patients. You have patients who have insurance and they go to you. But now you have been knocked off one of the insurance networks. Is that correct?
MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I have been not dismissed but have nothing offered participation status in some of the subsections of one of the insurance companies. And that was insurance that would be covering individuals taking out insurance through the Affordable Care Act or through small business plans outside the Affordable Care Act. It also included them.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, does that mean that these patients that some patients of yours can no longer go to you unless they pay out-of-pocket?
MCLAUGHLIN: That’s correct.
VAN SUSTEREN: Have any of your patients said anything to you? Are they distressed by this or are they happy to sort of move on to look for another doctor?
MCLAUGHLIN: You know, most patients are attached to their doctor. We have had long-standing relationships. We don’t just take care of an illness. We take care of the human spirit as well. So we know things about their spouse, their children, their parents. We have gone through their trials and tribulations. There’s a relationship. Of course, they are distressed. And they don’t enjoy the fact that they don’t have freedom of choice any longer. It’s very, very confusing to them. It’s very distressful. They don’t know where to turn. They still will call us and ask for help. And, of course, we are willing it do that.
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