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Dem Threatens To Sic FCC On Anti-O-Care Ad

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Cancer, Obamacare Victim at Center of Political Storm

By Adam Kredo | February 22, 2014

Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient who was kicked of off her health plan due to Obamacare, lashed out at Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) on Saturday after lawyers for his campaign demanded that Michigan broadcasters cease airing ads featuring her story.

Boonstra, a Michigan resident, was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. She was recently kicked off of her healthcare plan due to regulations passed as part of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Peters voted in favor of.

After relating her story publicly in an ad produced by the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Peters dispatched lawyers to prevent the spot from running on local television stations…

And here we thought we had a right to free speech in this country. Especially, political speech.

“I’m appalled. I’m appalled as a mom, as a woman, and as a cancer patient, as someone living with cancer … who has stood before this nation to say, ‘I cannot afford that out of pocket expense,’” said Boonstra, who said she was given a 20 percent chance of surviving her disease. “As a Michigan resident, to silence my voice, I’m absolutely appalled.”

Peters, who is running for a seat in the Senate, instructed his legal council earlier this week to demand that stations stop running the AFP ad until additional evidence of the cancer victim’s claims could be produced.

“For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should immediately require AFP to provide the factual documentation for its claims if you are going to continue airing this advertising,” read the letter from Peters’ lawyers.

Did Mr. Peters ever question the accuracy of Mr. Obama’s claims that ‘if you like your insurance policy you can keep it’?

The letter went on to question Boonstra’s motives and the facts presented in AFP’s ad.

Boonstra said she is “surprised” by what she described as the Peters campaign’s strong-arm tactics. “I’m very surprised,” Boonstra said just hour after she attempted to confront Peter face-to-face at his Bloomfield Hills residence. “I have every right to tell my story and express my point of view and opinion on how Obamacare has affected me.” …

Ms. Boonstra is just an inconvenient anecdote. And as such she has no right to complain. Apparently, Mr. Obama has re-written the First Amendment, too.

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This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dem Threatens To Sic FCC On Anti-O-Care Ad”

  1. Shut up, shut up, shut up, they explained.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban

    “Did Mr. Peters ever question the accuracy of Mr. Obama’s claims that ‘if you like your insurance policy you can keep it’?”

    Did he question the accuracy of the man in the attack ad who said Romney killed his wife?

  3. yadayada

    “For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest…”

    hmmm…threatening the licensure of a radio station for running a commercial a politician finds objectionable (on strictly political grounds) as well as using political office to silence a private citizen.

    next should be a SERIES of ads regarding mr. peters abridging free speech.

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