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.
Boonstra, who says she is now struggling to pay out of pocket for her rising healthcare costs, told the Washington Free Beacon she is stunned by Peters’ efforts to censor her story.
“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.
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 hours 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.”
Boonstra attempted to confront the congressman at his door, but he did not answer when she knocked.
“I just went up to his house and knocked on his door,” Boonstra recalled. “I would like to meet with him, but he did not answer. I know someone was home, so I left a letter there for him.”
Boonstra wrote in her letter, “I don’t understand why you’re trying to silence my voice. I have every right to speak out and don’t understand why you’re doing this.”
A spokesman for the Peters campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.
“The fact that Representative Peters would sic his legal team on a Michigan mother battling cancer to muzzle her tells you everything you need to know about his record of putting politics over people,” AFP-Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom said in a statement.
“This attack on her credibility is disgusting, unwarranted, and inexcusable,” Hagerstrom said. “Congressman Peters and his indecent campaign team should be ashamed of themselves.”
Asked what she would say to Obama were she given the chance, Boonstra responded: “This law has not benefited him. I know there are some people out there who wanted to believe that. I have not seen the benefits so far.”
“This [law] is hurting me,” she continued. “I thought the intention was to help and it’s not. I’m angry [Obama] lied to me. He told me I could keep my healthcare plan and that was very untrue. I just want it to be clear that I have every right to tell my story.”
Mascot “Mr. Balls” is making the rounds in Brazil.
Meet Mr. Balls. He’s the friendly and surprisingly graphic mascot for a Brazilian nonprofit cancer association, and as a brand ambassador he is a wildly inappropriate success. According to the group’s website: “Both children and adults loved taking pictures with the mascot.” That explains the shot of him waving to the camera on a city street while children frolic at his hairy side. No joke; we totally respect raising awareness for testicular cancer research. But does there really need to be such loving attention to detail in the sponge painting around the bottom of Mr. Balls’, um, teabag?
Mr. balls? I think we are being played folks, I think we know who Mr. Balls REALLY is. have a look
Jack Hoffman is a seven year old boy from Nebraska with a rare form of brain cancer. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy, but still has some of the same interests as other young boys, and apparently Jack likes football. Some of the Nebraska Cornhuskers have sort of adopted Jack and wanted to do something nice for him. Now, it would be great for a kid like Jack to get a chance to go see a game with his new friends, but the Cornhuskers had a better idea.
Jack Hoffman is a 7-year-old brain cancer patient, but that didn’t stop him from scoring a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game Saturday afternoon. Jack, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and is currently on a break from his chemotherapy treatment, came into the game for a fourth-and-1 on the 31 yard line. With the help of some blockers, Jack ran the ball all the way into the end zone in front of more than 60,000 fans.
Good Freaking Grief!! What religion would have any issue with leukemia treatment? This is the Left making crazy allegations again, in hopes of scaring people into supporting
Democratic Liberal Leftist Communist policies that would control your health care choices.
Via NY Post:
Disgruntled union workers put their fight against Cablevision over the fight against cancer at a Times Square protest last night.
About 50 members of the Communications Workers of America Local 1109 disrupted a benefit for cancer research at the Hard Rock Cafe, carrying signs and blaring music as attendees streamed in.
Cablevision CEO James Dolan, whose rock band performed at the event, told The Post that the workers’ actions are “despicable.”
“They think being disruptive for their personal gain is more important than beating pancreatic cancer,” he said. “Their values are twisted. I’m surprised at the depth of their lowness. Everyone who deals with them should take note. It’s shameful.”
The union, which is in drawn-out contract talks with Cablevision, labeled Dolan a “Grinch” for stalling negotiations with 280 company technicians and dispatchers in Brooklyn.
“He is a greedy person pretending to be philanthropist; he’s Scrooge!” barked Tim Dubnau, an organizer for Communications Workers of America Local 1109.
But event attendees said the union members picked the wrong time and place to air their grievances.
“I’m a pancreatic-cancer survivor, and it’s unfortunate that they have to protest an event like this,” said Scott Nelson, 59, who lives in Minnesota.
Sorry, but there is no “free” anything when Liberal politicians invent “rights” to get suckers like you to vote for them. Just ask women in Canada, where health care is “free”!
Surgery wait times for deadly ovarian, cervical and breast cancers in Quebec are three times longer than government benchmarks, leading some desperate patients to shop around for an operating room.
But that’s a waste of time, doctors say, since the problem is spread across Quebec hospitals. And doctors are refusing to accept new patients quickly because they can’t treat them, health advocates say.
A leading Montreal gynecologist said that these days, she cannot look her patients in the eye because the wait times are so shocking. Lack of resources, including nursing staff and budget compressions, are driving a backlog of surgeries while operating rooms stand empty. The latest figures from the provincial government show that over a span of nearly 11 months, 7,780 patients in the Montreal area waited six months or longer for day surgeries, while another 2,957 waited for six months or longer for operations that required hospitalization.
The worst cases are gynecological cancers, experts say, because usually such a cancer has already spread by the time it is detected. Instead of four weeks from diagnosis to surgery, patients are waiting as long as three months to have cancerous growths removed.
“It’s a crisis for Quebec women,” …
Via Milton Wolf, who notes the tragic irony
The sad irony: Canadian medical refugees flock to America for care as American Democrat policy makers flock to Canada for bad ideas.
Gee, I’m real sorry you died of ovarian cancer … but here’s your free birth control.
Ah the costs that go with the “free” things the “gimme, gimme, gimme” mind-set clamors for. As I have said before, the promises of Communism are sweet to the ears, but their reality is bitter.
Remember my friends, before you click the link, you cannot UNREAD once you have read something
Carrie is a 53-year-old cancer victim who according to her friend has ‘done some strange stuff over the years’. But this may be the strangest of all.
The middle-aged brunette from Colorado Springs has taken to drinking………………
Again, remember, before you go on you cannot unsee what has been seen
……………….urine, a four-year-old, five-glass-a-day habit that she calls ‘comforting’.
On TLC’s finale of the shocking series, My Strange Addiction, Carrie explains that drinking the warm pee for the first time didn’t make her throw up so she decided: ‘You know what, I can do this.’
Diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma eight years ago, the mother of four daughters began drinking her urine in the hope that it may help with her recovery.
But it seems that the alternative medicine fan has taken quite a shining to the beverage. Of the taste, Carrie enthused about the variety of flavours that change depending on her diet.
Duane Lester finds the latest example of S.O.S
Business Insider is soooo happy with themselves over finding what they think is a embarrassing bit of hypocrisy on the part of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Foundation recently decided they would stop donating money to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the country.
In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed 329,445 and dispensed 1,461,816 morning after pills.
Komen is taking a lot of flak for ending the donations to Planned Parenthood, and Business Insider apparently felt the need to look at the financials of the foundation. They discovered something they consider scandalous:
What could it be you ask? Why it seems Susan G Komen
So the Komen Foundation doesn’t want to be associated with the nation’s largest abortion-provider. But they don’t mind partnering up with a handgun maker.This gun is a beauty.
And a portion of the sale of each P-22 Hope Edition will be donated to the Seattle Branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Isn’t this perfect? The things that outrage Liberals amaze those of us who have common sense. Abortion kills innocent babies, and that, it seems is no big deal for the folks at Business Insider. In fact the Komen Foundation is ostracized for NOT giving money to Planned Parenthood for mammograms that they do not even do. Yet! Any partnership with a gun maker, on Komen’s part, is considered evil? Yep, that is Leftist logic for you. Of course the saddest thing here is that the Komen Foundation has surrendered to the political correctors, and will continue to fund the butchers at Planned Parenthood. So, I suppose that now Business Insider will praise the Susan G Komen Foundation once again? Or maybe the Foundation will cave further? Maybe they will stop any association with the evil gun makers? Time will tell on that.
Back to the Leftist hypocrisy here though. Duane Lester did some research, and finds that those evil gun makers make guns, that save MANY lives!
That’s right. Guns save lives:
According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year — one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds.
Among 15.7% of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense Survey, the defender believed that someone “almost certainly” would have died had the gun not been used for protection — a life saved by a privately held gun about once every 1.3 minutes. (In another 14.2% cases, the defender believed someone “probably” would have died if the gun hadn’t been used in defense.)
In 83.5% of these successful gun defenses, the attacker either threatened or used force first — disproving the myth that having a gun available for defense wouldn’t make any difference.
In 91.7% of these incidents the defensive use of a gun did not wound or kill the criminal attacker (and the gun defense wouldn’t be called “newsworthy” by newspaper or TV news editors). In 64.2% of these gun-defense cases, the police learned of the defense, which means that the media could also find out and report on them if they chose to.
In 73.4% of these gun-defense incidents, the attacker was a stranger to the intended victim. (Defenses against a family member or intimate were rare — well under 10%.) This disproves the myth that a gun kept for defense will most likely be used against a family member or someone you love.
In over half of these gun defense incidents, the defender was facing two or more attackers — and three or more attackers in over a quarter of these cases. (No means of defense other than a firearm — martial arts, pepper spray, or stun guns — gives a potential victim a decent chance of getting away uninjured when facing multiple attackers.)
In 79.7% of these gun defenses, the defender used a concealable handgun. A quarter of the gun defenses occurred in places away from the defender’s home.
Of course those facts will never dent the head of a Liberal. Liberalism is an ideology of convenience. And it is convenient to ignore evidence and embrace raw emotionalism. It is easier to overlook, or in fact not even consider the number of defensive gun uses, and simply go with the “guns are bad” lie.
A multi-time winner Hugo “The Angry Little Penguin” Chavez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promised on Tuesday to accelerate his drive for socialism in Venezuela as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor.
Chavez’s confident remarks add to indications that the president expects to bounce back from his June 20 surgery in Cuba. He has also been shown in recent days doing stretching exercises, leading a Cabinet meeting and addressing troops.
“The opposition and the counterrevolution are crying out that Chavez is done for, that he’s dying… that he’ll have to hand over, that the transition is coming,” Chavez said on state television, speaking in a phone call to a ceremony at a state-run university.
“Well, I’m going to tell you, with the grace of God and the will that we have, we’re going to rise above all of this,” Chavez added. “The only transition that’s under way and that we have to accelerate and consolidate is the transition from the capitalist model … to the socialist model.”
In other words, the bastard wants to sink Venezuela as deep in the morass of Communism before he does all mankind a favor dies!
Hey, if the sheep really is psychic…………….
Emma Turner was trying to give Alfie his medication when he repeatedly headbutted her in the chest.
The five-year-old Cotswold, which is normally well behaved, had to be held down by Ms Turner and two others.
When Ms Turner the resulting bruises checked by a doctor, she was found to be in the early stages of breast cancer.
‘The doctors and nurses said that if Alfie hadn’t done what he did, when he did it, I wouldn’t have found the lump for a few years, by which time it would have spread,’ said the 41-year-old.
‘Everyone at the hospital is convinced that Alfie saved my life.’
Truth really is stranger than fiction I guess. Not stranger than Weiner’s Tweets, but stranger than truth