Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What About Donna's Story, Senator Reid?

Donna Marzullo denounces
President Obama's "If you like, then you can keep" Promise:
"That just wasn't true!"
Donna Marzullo of Deering, New Hampshire also lost her health insurance because of Obamacare.

Along with Julie Boonstra of Michigan and Emilie Lamb of Tennesee, Ms. Murzullo is not afraid to take her story to the airwaves.

At least her Congresswoman, Annie Kuster, has not tried to intimidate her and New Hampshire television stations from telling the truth about her plight.

Congresswoman Kuster has just as much to worry about as does President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

New Hampshire is the most swing of swing states, one where the Republicans took both House seats in 2010, then lost them to Democrats in 2012, and the Democrats may lose them again in 2014. A state which Bush won in 2000, the state has trended Democratic in Presidential elections, yet elected a Republican US Senator, Kelly Ayotte, in 2010 as well.

Ms. Marzullo's plan was one among 22,000 plans cancelled throughout New Hampshire.

On top of that, she's worried that she may lose her doctor, too, along with the hospital of her choice.  Her complaint about losing her hospital is a very real concern, one which the mainstream media has all but ignored. Private hospitals are refusing Obamacare insurance, for example, while local clinics are rationing their human and material resources, if they even manage to stay open in spite of the red tape, regulatory burdens, and unconscionable costs associated with Obamacare.

Marzullo repeated the lie, that President Obama promised that under the Affordable Care Act, if Americans liked their health insurance or their doctor, they could keep them:

"That just wasn't true."

Ms. Marzullo could not have put it better.

Yet what did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say on the floor of the US Senate?

"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."

Wrong, Senator Reid. Wrong.

What about Donna's story, Senator Reid?

What about Donna, Congressman Annie Kuster?

Democratic lawmakers throughout the country cannot run away from Obamacare. They want to plead their willingness to reform the law, yet every time that Republican majority sought to repeal the law, most Democrats resisted the effort. During the 2013 government shutdown, House members tried to pass delays on the individual mandate, or require that members of Congress enroll under the same plans. Democrats in the House joined with these Republican reforms, including Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) and Raul Ruiz (California).

No matter what Democrats running for office may say this election year, they cannot claim that they did not foresee the disastrous consequences of passing Obamacare, and they cannot claim that they were willing to work with their colleagues in Washington to reform, amend, or even repeal Obamacare.

So, what about Donna's story, Senator Reid? Are you calling her a liar, too?


  1. You really need to hire a researcher, Art. Or maybe you're just a tool of Americans for Prosperity, given what a noted Kocksucker you admit to being. 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.
    DePrima has participated in events for Republican activists in New Hampshire as well, and she even called for Obamacare's repeal shortly after the Supreme Court upheld it in June 2012. "By exposing it as a tax, [Supreme Court Chief Justice John] Roberts made it easier to limit or repeal. Brilliant," DePrima wrote on Facebook at the time. In August 2013, she attended a fundraiser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is perhaps the most vocal critic of the health care law in Washington.
    There's your usual lack of key details and stretched truths. In the case of Marzullo, the plan she says she lost is actually in effect until November, 2014. She says she's not sure if she can go to the doctor or hospital of her choice under Obamacare, but in reality she doesn't know that yet—she hasn't yet chosen a plan under the new law.
    Once again, AFP is putting out half-baked half-truths, and attacking those who question the claims made in their ads for being callous toward the women (notice how they're always women?) who are just expressing their concerns about the law, and trying to bully them into silence. Never mind the facts, they've got truthiness. Right, Art?

  2. Wow -- Now Ed with no courage to write his full name is calling Donna Marzullo a liar, too. That's just sad.

    The biggest lie remains:

    "If you liked your health plan, you can keep it." -- President Obama

    And Libs only attack left is -- more lies? Wow! They must be feeling a tingle, but not the good kind.

    Just state what you believe: you think that these individual are liars. Just write it, Ed No-Last Name.

  3. They are either woefully ignorant or they are liars. Do some research instead of swallowing these songs of woe, asshole; these claims are being debunked all over the country. In the case of the fraction of policies actually cancelled, the ACA doesn't cancel policies--private insurers do. Why? Because they were junk policies that don't meet bare minimum coverage requirements. Do some research you ignorant Kochsucker!

  4. Ed -- Won't write your last name and now you have no conviction to call out this lady as either telling the truth or lying. You are ashamed of yourself. How can you allow President Obama to take advantage of these people, lying over and over "If you like your plan, you can keep it?"

    No name, no integrity, no way to place blame. Ed, it' over.

  5. God bless Donna Marzullo, Julie Boonstra, Emilie Lamb, and all the other Obamacare victims who are not afraid to take their outrage to the airwaves.

  6. Your idiotic "God bless" bullshit for a pack of ignorant, bought-and-sold liars is hilarious, Art. Too bad I'm the only person who checks in on this parody of a Drudge fan's high school project because I have leisure time. Here's a little test for you, our intrepid little scoopmeister; contact these "victims" (HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!) and ascertain if they did, indeed, also register for coverage via the ACA. If they have not, then their entire "argument" is--by definition--invalid. You can't call yourself a victim if the benefit you claim to have lost is still available elsewhere---for a better price and with better coverage. Go ahead, Boy Wonder! Show us your chops!

  7. Sean Hannity had guests who blamed the ACA. fact-checked--Here a couple of abridged example of Hannity's bullshit:
    Paul Cox of Leicester, N.C. He and his wife Michelle had lamented to Hannity that because of Obamacare, they can’t grow their construction business and they have kept their employees below a certain number of hours, so that they are part-timers.
    Obamacare has no effect on businesses with 49 employees or less. But in our brief conversation on the phone, Paul revealed that he has only four employees. Why the cutback on his workforce? “Well,” he said, “I haven’t been forced to do so, it’s just that I’ve chosen to do so. I have to deal with increased costs.” What costs? And how, I asked him, is any of it due to Obamacare? There was a long pause, after which he said he’d call me back. He never did.
    Next I called Allison Denijs. Like the other guests, she said she had recently gotten a letter from Blue Cross saying that her policy was being terminated and a new, ACA-compliant policy would take its place.
    Allison’s husband left his job a few years ago, one with benefits at a big company, to start his own business. Since then they’ve been buying insurance on the open market, and are now paying around $1,100 a month for a policy with a $2,500 deductible per family member, with hefty annual premium hikes. One of their two children is not covered under the policy. She has a preexisting condition that would require purchasing additional coverage for $600 a month, which would bring the family’s grand total to around $20,000 a year.
    I asked Allison if she’d shopped on the exchange, to see what a plan might cost under the new law. She said she hadn’t done so because she’d heard the website was not working. Would she try it out when it’s up and running? Perhaps, she said. She told me she has long opposed Obamacare, and that the president should have focused on tort reform as a solution to bringing down the price of healthcare.
    I tried an experiment and shopped on the exchange for Allison and Kurt. Assuming they don’t smoke and have a household income too high to be eligible for subsidies, I found that they would be able to get a plan for around $7,600, which would include coverage for their uninsured daughter. This would be about a 60 percent reduction from what they would have to pay on the pre-Obamacare market.
    Allison also told me that the letter she received from Blue Cross said that in addition to the policy change for ACA compliance, in the new policy her physician network size might be reduced. That’s something insurance companies do to save money, with or without Obamacare on the horizon, just as they raise premiums with or without Obamacare coming.
    If Allison’s choice of doctor was denied her through Obamacare then, yes, she could have a claim that Obamacare has hurt her. But she’d also have thousands of dollars in her pocket that she didn’t have before.
    Hmmm...I smell a rat, Art! Do you???

  8. More Hannity inanity, fact-checked again by

    Finally, I called Robbie and Tina Robison from Franklin, Tenn. Robbie is self-employed as a Christian youth motivational speaker. (You can see his work here.) On Hannity, the couple said that they, too, were recently notified that their Blue Cross policy would be expiring for lack of ACA compliance. They told Hannity that the replacement plans Blue Cross was offering would come with a rate increase of 50 percent or even 75 percent, and that the new offerings would contain all sorts of benefits they don’t need, like maternity care, pediatric care, prenatal care and so forth. Their kids are grown and moved out, so why should they be forced to pay extra for a health plan with superfluous features?

    When I spoke to Robbie, he said he and Tina have been paying a little over $800 a month for their plan, about $10,000 a year. And the ACA-compliant policy that will cost 50-75 percent more? They said this information was related to them by their insurance agent.

    Had they shopped on the exchange yet, I asked? No, Tina said, nor would they. They oppose Obamacare and want nothing to do with it. Fair enough, but they should know that I found a plan for them for, at most, $3,700 a year, 63 percent less than their current bill. It might cover things that they don’t need, but so does every insurance policy.

    It’s true that we don’t know for sure whether certain ills conservatives have warned about will occur once Obamacare is fully enacted. For example, will we truly have the same freedom to choose a physician that we have now? Will a surplus of insured patients require a scaling back (or “rationing,” as some call it) of provided healthcare services? Will doctors be able to spend as much time with patients? These are all valid, unanswered questions. The problem is that people like Sean Hannity have decided to answer them now, without evidence. Or worse, with fake evidence.

    I don’t doubt that these six individuals believe that Obamacare is a disaster; but none of them had even visited the insurance exchange. And some of them appear to have taken actions (Paul Cox, for example) based on a general pessimistic belief about Obamacare. He’s certainly entitled to do so, but Hannity is not entitled to point to Paul’s behavior as an “Obamacare train wreck story” and maintain any credibility that he might have as a journalist.

    Strangely, the recent shutdown was based almost entirely on a small percentage of Congress’s belief that Obamacare, as Ted Cruz puts it, “is destroying America.” Cruz has rarely given us an example of what he’s talking about. That’s because the best he can do is what Hannity did—exploit people’s ignorance and falsely point to imaginary boogeymen.

    Gee, Art, I dunno...sounds like these "victims" really aren't--you know, "victims" at all! Well, surprise, surprise, surprise, Gomer!

  9. Ed,

    Respectfully, don't you have BETTER THINGS TO DO then re-post Media Matters talking points for the progressive mega-cause of ObamaCare?!

    Here in my state of RI, HUNDREDS of people have been unable to get healthcare door to poor planning and implimentation. Their are MANY people - whether it be by design or just poor planning - that fall through the cracks thanks to this federal monstronsity...

    1. Iron Will,

      When the day comes that I want your advice as to how I spend my free time, I'll head over to Fox Nation and track you down. Until then, play with your own Woonsocket, got it?