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Michigan Woman Fighting Leukemia Invited to State of Union Speech to Protest Obamacare

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg says Affordable Healthcare Act is “harmful” and should be replaced with patient-centered solutions.

Julie Boonstra of Dexter has been invited to be 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg's guest at the State of the Union Address Tuesday. He said she lost her health insurance because of Obamacare.
Julie Boonstra of Dexter has been invited to be 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg's guest at the State of the Union Address Tuesday. He said she lost her health insurance because of Obamacare.

A Dexter resident battling leukemia has been invited to accompany 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg’s guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

The State of the Union Address will be delivered at 9 p.m. Tuesday and will be aired on major networks.

Julie Boonstra has been fighting leukemia for five years, but lost her insurance because of the president’s signature Affordable Health Care Act, Walberg, a Tipton Republican, said in a news release.

“I am honored to have Julie as my guest to the State of the Union this year,” he said. “She has been through a lot with her health and insurance problems and deserves to hear what the president has to say on the matter.”

Walberg thinks the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, should be repealed.

“My hope is that soon we can put this harmful law behind us and replace it with patient-centered solutions that promote consumer choice, decrease health-care costs and improve access to quality care,” he said.
Jeremy Heiken January 27, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Does anyone else see the irony here? Republicans in Congress (including my Congressman Tim Walberg) do not have a plan to cover pre-existing conditions. That can only be done in two ways (1) an insurance mandate (i.e., Obamacare) or (2) single-payer system. In the absence of these, those with preexisting health conditions WILL PAY MORE - a whole lot more. It is a matter of basic economics. There is no way around this fundamental fact. So when Congressman Walberg says he wants to "decrease health-care costs" as stated above the irony here is that any person with preexisting conditions (as his invited guest has) will see the largest increase in healthcare costs. First Mr. Walberg and the Republicans need to do the hard work required to come up with an equitable alternative. Until then, these meaningless gestures and criticisms only serve to highlight their own inadequacy in governing and coming up with a Real World solution. We need congressional representation that can actually do the hard work required to improve this situation. We need a congressman (or congresswoman) of integrity and substance. Tim Walberg is not and has not been the right man for the job. We deserve better representation than this. Jeremy Gordon Heiken, Webster Township
Jeremy Heiken January 28, 2014 at 08:21 AM
A significant correction to the post above after more study on this matter. The House Republican Study Committee has produced their alternative legislation (about a month ago) entitled "The American Health Care Reform Act." Coverage for pre-existing conditions is not guaranteed; rather the government puts a currently proposed 25 billion dollars into a high-risk pool by which those with pre-existing would procure insurance. This bill has not made its way out of the US House yet - so this is preliminary. But this is an important correction to the post above in that proposed US House legislation is underdevelopment and Congressman Walberg has co-sponsored it. The proposed legislation has been posted to the internet (it appears to be on its own PR tour actually). ADDITIONALLY, there are 2 US Senate alternatives (one came out yesterday, January 27th). These 3 alternatives have commonalities: coverage for pre-existing conditions is not guaranteed, Medicare expansion is repealed and the working poor will largely be excluded (those that don't qualify for Medicare but can't afford insurance).
Bridget Lane January 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Doesn't obamacare cover pre-existing conditions. I'm wondering if the woman mentioned has more expensive insurance? Where is the oversight of insurance companies when they apparently discriminate. Why isn't this woman protected under the ADA laws? I'm all for a socialist style of medical care. It works for social security so why not medical care too?
Jeremy Heiken January 28, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Yes. Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions. That is the key point of the law. My best guess is that she wasn't canceled for her pre-existing condition (given that it would be illegal under Obamacare) but because her existing insurance didn't meet the minimum requirements of the Obamacare. It is really, really odd for someone with a preexisting condition to implicitly be against the current Obamacare law (I say "implicitly as suggested as being Walberg State of the Union speech guest would imply that you support Walberg's position). Clearly Walberg cherry-picked this person as his guest; he sent a broadcast e-mail message looking for people that had problems with the Obamacare rollout. I received one of those e-mail messages. She stands more to benefit from Obamacare than any of the alternatives proposals, so her participation is just plain odd.
Misty January 29, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Jeremy I agree with you. The GOP I.e. Tim Walberg have no compressive plan for healthcare. A company I worked for received a finding grant for research and Tim Walberg was involved. He also requested a significant donation to approve the bid. I don't trust him at all.
Jeremy Heiken January 31, 2014 at 02:22 PM
OK, so now we learn that Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington lied in the Republican State of the Union Address Response as it pertains to how Obamacare impacted the individual Bette Grenier of Spokane Washington. The Republicans continue to spread misinformation about Obamacare. Do we even know that Julie Boonstra of Dexter exists?
Misty February 01, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Yes,she is in Dexter.

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