Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will appear before the Senate on Tuesday to elaborate on his criticism of the Koch brothers, whose Americans for Prosperity PAC recently released a series of misleading anti-Obamacare ads, according to Politico. Last week Reid called the pair "un-American" and accused them of “trying to buy America," after their recent Obamacare horror story was debunked.
Julie Boonstra, a Michigan resident with leukemia, appeared in an Americans for Prosperity ad that attacked Rep. Gary Peters — a senate hopeful — and implied that Obamacare was making her out-of-pocket costs unaffordable. Actually, her overall costs are exactly the same, but could potentially be more erratic (her premiums are lower, but her out-of-pocket maximum is higher). The ad was criticized for being misleading by fact-checkers. Peters' lawyers wrote to television stations airing the ads and demanded they substantiate the claims in them, which detractors of the healthcare law called an attempt to "muzzle" her. Reid called the ads false.
As explained in The New York Times, Boonstra and Americans for Prosperity are fighting back, meaning the Koch Brothers are fighting back, with a new ad (right) released Tuesday. “We are completely comfortable about the accuracy of every item in our ads,” said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity. Reid said last week that ads like Boonstra's are "untrue," "absolutely false" and a distraction from the good work the law is doing. “Despite all that good news, there are plenty of horror stories being told,” Reid said on the Senate floor last week. “All of them are untrue, but they are being told all over America.”