It's certainly an ironic situation that while Venezuela and Ukraine are in flames because people are fighting for their rights we have politicians here that threaten our right to disagree with them using the power of licensing to silence dissent.
Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters threatens TV station licenses over Obamacare ad
While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator.No matter what the fact checkers say the bottom line is that Julia Boonstra has her reasons for disliking the plan she has been forced into and has no other alternative because of Obamacare. This is a basic fact that the democrats seem to want to constantly ignore while trying to sell the public on why they are better off now.
And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses.
The ad by Americans for Prosperity features Boonstra talking about how her insurance was canceled under Obamacare and saying that Peters' decision to vote for the law "jeopardized my health." The ads are airing in Michigan as Peters seeks the Democratic nomination to replace Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who is not seeking re-election.
Media organizations investigating the ad's claims note that Boonstra was able to find comparable new insurance under the law; the Washington Post's "Fact Checker" blog gave the ad "two Pinocchios" (as compared to four for President Obama's claim that people could keep their insurance under the law).
But Boonstra, in response, told the local Dexter Leader newspaper that though she has no idea whether she will break even with her new plan, as the fact-checkers claim, the uncertainty of having to restructure her health care while coping with a deadly disease is damage enough.
"People are asking me for the numbers and I don't know those answers -- that's the heartbreak of all of this. It's the uncertainty of not having those numbers that I have an issue with, because I always knew what I was paying and now I don't, and I haven't gone through the tests or seen my specialist yet," she said.~snip~
So now she's not only lost the freedom of determining what kind of health plan is better for her but could potentially lose the ability to speak out about it.