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Arthur Schaper: Reid and Reed’s ObamaCare Screeds

Friday, March 07, 2014


Despite Reed’s pleas to “move forward," voters in 2014 will more likely read Reed the riot act for Obamacare, believes Arthur Schaper.

At the end of February, the Americans for Prosperity institute released a damning television commercial from a Michigan housewife named Julie Boonstra.

She relayed that because of Obamacare, she lost her health insurance, and now her plan has become unaffordable.

While the plan which she ended up settling for cost her less in terms of monthly premiums, the out-of-pocket expenses may end up skyrocketing.

Boonstra tried to confront her Congressman, Gary Peters, about the issue, but instead of listening to her concerns, Congressman Peters impugned her credibility and attempted to silence the advertisement on Michigan television stations.

Then Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid denounced the “horror stories” about Obamacare:

"Despite all that good news, there's plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America."

For the record: Politifact’s Lie of the Year was from President Obama: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

Then Boonstra punched back in another ad this week.

Would Senator Reid also say that Emilie Lamb of Tennessee is lying? What about Donna Marzullo of New Hampshire? What about the gentleman whom I met in Manhattan Beach, CA?

And as for Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, where has he been regarding Obamacare?

Check out his statements on the legislation.

In July 2013, regarding President Obama’s unilateral, unconstitutional delay of the employer mandate, Reed commented:

"This was a response to concerns – principally among the business community – that the information and the operational details would not be there. And as a result, I think the administration wisely decided to postpone for one year the mandate on employers. . .I think given the potential confusion, post-postponing it – not eliminating it – post-postponing it for a year makes sense.”

To this day, Americans, whether business owners, retirees, or entry-level workers, are confused about Obamacare. The fact that Senator Reed thought nothing of President Obama’s illegal maneuver to delay the law is also disconcerting.

Two months later, Reed asserted shortly after the opening of the federal exchanges:

“We have to stop relitigating the Affordable Care Act. It passed. It was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. It is open for business starting on October first, with significant interest by the public. There were three thousand page hits per minute in Rhode Island as it opened up on October First. There were two thousand calls to our call center. People who are looking for insurance to buy it in a private market place. So we have to move forward. . .”

Regarding relitigaton: President Obama has delayed one portion after another of the Affordable Care Act, and fellow Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia) has signaled that a one year delay of the individual mandate is worth discussing. Regarding constitutionality, the Supreme Court called the Affordable Care Act a tax, even though the President and his Democratic Congressional counterparts vehemently denied this fact. And let’s not forget that the Supreme Court has handed down offensive and anti-constitutional rulings in the past ( Dred Scott, Plessy v Furgeson, Korematsu, Kelo v New London, etc)

Three thousand hits on a webpage – more people visit YouTube to listen to Justin Bieber (or watch him get arrested) How many people have signed up on Health Source RI? 16,500 (out of a state with a million plus residents), and the vast majority have purchased health insurance through Medicaid, older, childless adults whom the government will pay for. Hardly sustainable, although Rhode Island’s numbers have exceeded federal expectations. As for small businesses, only 100 out of the 30,000 listed in the state have signed on.

Hmm . . .

Reed still stands by Obamacare, however, but he is also a member of the Obamacare Dozen, per the Wall Street Journal, who are scrambling for cover following the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, and the terrible impact the law has had on insured, insurance carriers, as well as hospitals and medical professionals.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remains confident that the Democrats will hold the senate in 2014, even though Chris Matthews is getting a tingle, but not the good kind, about Dem prospects, and other reports have confirmed that Dems are giving up any chance of getting back the House.

While most politicos are focused on Democratic senators in red states, who will likely face a shellacking similar to House Democrats in 2010, Rhode Island’s Senator Reed seems to be safe, so far. Unless, of course, a Republican challenger hammers him over and over for the disastrous consequences of a law which he claimed was passed and upheld, yet even know Democratic Senators want to flee from, lest they lose their seats in 2014, and Senator Reid lose his majority leader status.

Despite Reed’s pleas to “move forward” and Reid’s screeds of “They’re lying”, voters in 2014 will more likely read Reed and Reid the riot act for Obamacare.

Next week, I will share with you horror stories from Rhode Islanders who have seen the negative effects of the program, and who also fear the negative future impact of the law to come.


Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow him on Twitter @ArthurCSchaper, reach him at [email protected], and read more at Schaper's Corner and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.


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The loony special interest group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the lying billionaire Koch brothers, is spending millions of dollars to air FALSE and misleading attack ads. For their latest misleading attack ad, the group of PAID PROFESSIONAL ACTORS impersonate Louisiana families reading FAKE insurance company letters.
Talk about deceitful.....LOL

Comment #1 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 03 07

There's no doubt that the roll out of Obamacare was an embarrassing and unmitigated disaster for the administration and the supporters of the bill. The administration should be ashamed of the way that it was handled. At the very least, the delay of the mandate is of questionable constitutionality.

But trying to win this debate with anecdotes is silly. I personally know two families with disabled children who were dropped from private plans and were unable to buy affordable insurance because of preexisting conditions. Their finances were saved by Obamacare. Perhaps the best and the worst that can be said about the Affordable Care Act right now is that it's affordable for some and not for others.

Using stories of triumph and despair as rhetorical persuasion is lowest common denominator politics. However, as a manner of persuasion, I find it extremely preferable to shutting down the federal government.

Comment #2 by John Onamas on 2014 03 07

People need to hear the horror stories re: Obamacare, which has been a careless encroachment of the state into health care, and not for the better.

The rollout was bad. The costs are unsustainable. I have met individuals who have liked Obamacare, in that it forced insurance companies to give back rebates, for example. But as this law rolls out, with fewer doctors, insurance companies, and rationing ensue, it is going to get worse. Much worse. And the one "success" story does not mitigate the frustration and outrage of losing your health insurance. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing all over the country, people are losing their doctors, their hospitals, their money.

And Senator Reid's only response: "They're lying!"

Comment #3 by Arthur Schaper on 2014 03 07

Just Google "americans for prosperity" paid professional actors ....
For all the facts that Mr Schaper conveniently lelf out of this article ...LOL
Sammy in Arizona

Comment #4 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 03 07

I googled the terms, Sammy.

I found something regarding a commerical which ran in Louisiana.

Here is the link for the commercial:


Here's ABCs take on the commercial:


Here's another report on ObamaCare in Louisiana:


Now, here are more stats on the # of people who lost their health insurance in Louisiana because of Obamacare:


Obviously, AFP could not round up the tens of thousands of aggrieved Louisiana residents who lost their health insurance.


Furthermore, commercials often hire actors to represent an issue. For proposition initiative commercials in California, for example, an individual will represent an employee, or a family in certain spots.

This attack is hollow.

Here's a report I found about residents in Louisiana with HIV who cannot get insurance accepted from hospitals and doctors, because the medical professionals fear fraud concerns.


Comment #5 by Arthur Schaper on 2014 03 08

The crying paid actor "mother" with tears running down her face in the Americans for Prosperity commercial with her kids (not hers but really cute kids who are also paid actors) reads a phony letter from a phony health insurance company, The original commercial used a real health care companies name, but their lawyers nixed that knowing that would guarantee a massive law suite...LOL

"Facts are optional" ....for righties
Ronald Reagan

Comment #6 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 03 08

Enough is enough!

Libs, Dems, and progressives have nothing left but "They're Lying!" and its not going to work.

The people who have lost their health insurance, their doctors, their access to quality health care do not deserve the impunity of the left, and now they are standing up to them.

And I am proud to join them.

For the record, no one on the left has any business calling anyone a liar after the President had claimed over and over (as did US Senator Mary Landrieu) that Americans would be able to keep their insurance under the Affordable Care.

Where is Jack Reed in all of this? "We have to move forward." As if!

THe left can repeat the lies, but repeat the truth often enough, and the lie cannot stand.

Now, I cannot help myself. . ..

Remember Remember for the Fourth of November:

When President Obama had said "If you like you health care plan, and your doctor, you can keep them".

When Hillary Clinton shouted "What difference does it make?!" about how four diplomats died in Benghazi

and when

Rep. Elijah Cummings declared "This case is solved", despite the ongoing resistance of IRS officials to tell what happened, as they insist on taking the Fifth Amendment reagarding IRS abuses of conservative groups!

Comment #7 by Arthur Schaper on 2014 03 08

Sammy's lying and misresentation of the obvious are becomming tedious.
He's a useful idiot of the left, nothing more. The fact is ObunglerCare is going to drown the democrats later this year and all Sammy's bleating will be for naught.

Comment #8 by G Godot on 2014 03 08

Insofar as the Senator form Edwards and Angel (as was) goes, he's the only war hero I know without a CIB.

Comment #9 by G Godot on 2014 03 08

The people who are too young to remember and might be reading this blog and thinking about voting Republican. Should know that " Mr Hollywood" Ronald Reagan, sold some of our most sophisticated weapons to his conservative friends in Iran, (Iran-Contra Scandal, google it ) then he funneled the cash too his conservative friends the Contras, right-wing terrorist group who's tactics included murder, rape, beatings and kidnapping. And the death penalty for both gays and lesbians
Both the arms sale to Iran, and the money laundering were felonies at the time, and still are today
Sammy in Arizona
"Facts are optional"....Ronald Reagan

Comment #10 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 03 08

Reed may be safe because RI's idiot population connect his name with government handouts. Obamacare may not hurt Reed, but it surely will hurt Democrats in other parts of the country as more people are kicked off their existing plans, pay more in premiums and deductibles, and find they cannot keep their doctor. They'll know tangibly they've been lied to.

This could be a revenge vote coming up.

Comment #11 by Art West on 2014 03 08

Sammy Arizona - Ronald Reagan has been dead for 10 years and hasn't been President for more than 25 years. Just thought you might like to know.

As for Barrack Obama, the Affordable Heath care Act and lies, opponents were calling it a tax before it was passed. Obama called it a penalty not a tax, right up until it was taken to the SCOTUS, then suddenly it's a tax. Lie one. You can keep your plan if you like your plan. Lie two. These are just the ones I can think of right now on the ACA.

I won't go into the ones off topic.

Comment #12 by Wuggly Ump on 2014 03 08

Hey Arthur, turns out Julie Boonstra is actually saving thousands with her new Obamacare plan, even factoring in 'out of pocket' expenses.
How embarrassing for you.....

Comment #13 by Hal Simms on 2014 03 11

And what a coincidence regarding Donna Marzullo:

'Marzullo is married to the vice chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, J.P. Marzullo, and is herself the vice chair of the Contoocook Valley Republican Committee. She was also a member of former Rep. Charlie Bass' (R-N.H.) Women's Coalition.'

Comment #14 by Hal Simms on 2014 03 11

I read the piece from the Detroit News regarding Boonstra. Indeed, it is very embarrassing and sad.


I called AFP headquarters in Virginia and in Michigan for responses, and I have not heard back yet.

I acknowledge this mistake.

Nevertheless, I did investigate Sammy Arizona's lead on the Louisiana ads, and the fact remains that Obamacare is hurting people all over the country, including Louisiana, and I offered the stats in posts above. I also do not dispute the fact that many people are losing their health insurance, losing hours, and losing cost effective health care because of Obamacare.

The fact still remains: Politifact Lie of the Year from President Obama: "If you like your health plan, doctor, etc, you can keep it."

I have explored the Marzullo and the Emilie Lamb stories. If they turn out to be false or ginned, then I will offer further addenda in the future.

More to follow on the effects of Obamacare on Rhode Island residenst this Friday.

Comment #15 by Arthur Schaper on 2014 03 12

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