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  • okeypoke okeypoke Feb 23, 2014 12:15 PM Flag

    OT: Cancer Victim at Center of Political Storm

    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.

    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.

    "I'm very surprised," Boonstra said just hour after she attempted to confront Peter face-to-face at his Bloomfield Hills residence.

    "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."

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