Obamacare ‘Victim’ Who Says She Had To ‘Go Back To Work’ Has Been Working For Years
Even though Obamacare “victim” stories have been debunked time and time again, circulating false stories, which end up being fact-checked, is still a Republican tactic. The woman in the new Crossroads GPS ad claims she had to go back to work because of Obamacare, however, her own LinkedIn Profile shows that she’s been working continuously for years — months before Obama was elected.
A woman from Colorado tells her Obamascare story which isn’t holding water:
A new TV ad from Crossroads GPS features a Castle Rock mom criticizing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for voting for the Affordable Care Act — not a surprising mouthpiece in a race that will likely come down to suburban women.
But the woman in the ad, Richelle McKim, is actually an employee of an energy company that is among the biggest donors to Udall’s opponent; and her story, which seemingly contradicts information on her publicly available LinkedIn profile, is at least more complicated than the 30-second version hitting Colorado’s airwaves starting Thursday.
In the new ad titled “Richelle,” McKim claims “policies coming out of Washington really do affect us here at home.”
She goes on to tell of her husband’s decision to start his own business
“We knew we needed to find healthcare,” McKim said. “Because we were a single income family, we couldn’t afford our plan.”
KDVR reports, “On the screen, text appears that reads: ‘Richelle had to go back to work.'”
But according McKim’s LinkedIn profile, she has worked constantly since July 2008 — four months before President Obama was elected.
KDVR contacted the latest Obamacare “victim” Thursday afternoon at her office, and McKim explained that she went back to work in 2010 because it was too tough making ends meet on her husband’s income.
“It wasn’t the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “It was just a financial burden, having a single income for so long.”
She claims that her husband was not insured and suffers from high blood pressure — a preexisting condition — although the rest of her family had coverage. “He had no insurance and that was a very good thing for us,” she said. “We were able to choose if we wanted health insurance or not.”
But the Affordable Care Act lowers costs for people with preexisting conditions like high blood pressure.
“It’s alarming that when we have illegals here, they can still choose if they want health care, but we as citizens no longer have that choice,” McKim said.
Watch her story fall apart.
McKim’s husband is now covered under her employee plan offered by Noble, which offers medical, dental and prescription insurance plans to its employees; Anadarko, her previous employer, also offers medical plans.
“I went back to work to get benefits,” she said.
Anadarko Petroleum is currently the biggest contributor to GOP Congressman Cory Gardner’s campaign to unseat Udall, having given $57,550 through the company’s political action committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Noble Energy has given Gardner’s campaign $36,000 to date.
McKim said she was connected with Crossroads GPS through “a friend of a friend” and that she’s pleased with the ad’s portrayal.
“I think it captured the heart of my message, which is that entrepreneurship is a risk and when you’re imposing overreaching policies that mandate people have to buy things they can’t afford, it takes that away,” she said.
Except that her husband’s preexisting condition is no longer a problem in order to get coverage. As for the other lies, they’re just Rove’s operation circulating more false stories which are easily debunked.
She claims she wants Obamacare repealed because she had to “go back to work” when in fact, she was working long before the Affordable Health Care Act became the law of the land.
William August 8th, 2014 at 11:29 am
If Obamacare is so bad, why do they still need to lie about it?
DetroitSam August 8th, 2014 at 6:55 pm
I reposted your comments to twitter. Hope you don’t mind.
Lauren Michaels August 8th, 2014 at 8:54 pm
Just for future reference, I mind.
Shades August 8th, 2014 at 11:33 am
Different day, same mierda de toro.
arc99 August 8th, 2014 at 11:38 am
Dishonest and/or confused voters. That is the only way Republicans win.
M D Reese August 8th, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Jim Valley August 8th, 2014 at 1:10 pm
And gerrymandering. And voter suppression.
Larry Schmitt August 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Regardless of when she went back to work, nothing in this story adds up. It says she was forced to go back to work by the ACA, but she herself says she went back to work to get benefits. Since her husband is self employed, she would have done that even before the ACA. If anything, the ACA probably saved her money.
DetroitSam August 8th, 2014 at 6:54 pm
And her husband’s life.
redastcyr August 8th, 2014 at 12:02 pm
TrustMe The Media knows right off when these people are lying Why do they continue to promote these people to the public, creating confusion? I blame them more then anyone They did this during the Bush, Cheney Invasion of Iraq, which put us in the mess we are now in An they now collecting billions from people an organizations, that are terrorizing this country They all need to be shut down an put off the air
mea_mark August 8th, 2014 at 12:23 pm
It is all about the Ad Money. Elections coming, the biggest source of revenue for the media during campaign season is political ad money. They don’t want to upset either side of the political spectrum, they want the dollars from both sides.
CherMoe August 8th, 2014 at 12:38 pm
The media is now corporate-owned and is NOT a “public service” for the purposes of keeping people informed of things they need to know. The media is a right arm of the Republican party and IS PAID WELL TO SPREAD THEIR LIES AND THEIR PROPAGANDA. ‘Nuff said.
tiredoftea August 8th, 2014 at 1:09 pm
The media has been corporate owned for a very long time. Repealing the “Truth in advertising” laws has permitted bald lies for 20+ years. Where do you think the Limbaugh’s and the entire Fox News organization gets their ability to operate with impunity?
DetroitSam August 8th, 2014 at 6:53 pm
I reposted your comments to twitter. Hope you don’t mind.
RustyCannon August 8th, 2014 at 1:42 pm
It’s because Cory Gardner has based his whole congressional career on “Obamacare is bad” and now he’s running for senate, so they’re sticking with what hasn’t worked so far and hoping it will work in the future (because they’re insane – they have Obama Derangement Syndrome). And of course, like with the woman in the ad who can’t think for herself, it will work with the GOP faithful.
Michelle Fisher August 8th, 2014 at 12:23 pm
“… before the Affordable Health Care Act because [SIC] the law of the land…”
Really? You can’t be bothered to proofread your copy?
mea_mark August 8th, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Eye sight problems. It’s not that she doesn’t want to, it is just very difficult.
tiredoftea August 8th, 2014 at 1:05 pm
If only she had healthcare! Wait, ACA, she does!
ChrisVosburg August 8th, 2014 at 12:30 pm
That’s what she’s got crankypants commenters for, Michelle, and I’m sure your correction is appreciated.
Anomaly 100 August 8th, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Our commenters usually give us a polite heads up when there’s an error, since we’re human, etc.
Thanks so much. It’s fixed.
John_St_John August 8th, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Lies, damned lies and more damned lies from the frightened hyper religious Republican wrong. Can’t bring myself to call them right, they very seldom are.
CherMoe August 8th, 2014 at 12:36 pm
Proving time and time again that Republicans have NOTHING BUT LIES. The ONLY way they can win is by LYING, CHEATING and RIGGING THE VOTES and preventing people from voting.
m2old4bs August 8th, 2014 at 12:50 pm
She has no shame. Must be a Republican trait.
tiredoftea August 8th, 2014 at 1:06 pm
She’s a paid spokes liar. No self respecting Republican (oxymoron, I know) would do something for nothing.
deckbose August 8th, 2014 at 1:19 pm
“He had no insurance and that was a very good thing for us,” Richelle said. “We were able to choose if we wanted health insurance or not.”
And if her husband had stroked out from his untreated high blood pressure, that would have been a bad thing for every other taxpayer in her state who would be footing the bill for his hospital stay and subsequent rehab.
RustyCannon August 8th, 2014 at 1:37 pm
Exactly, but being a Republican, she expects that. They are the worthy ones, you know. Because… Benghazi?
barefoot bob August 8th, 2014 at 1:22 pm
Shameless and despicable, how can anyone ever trust a Republican again ?
Suzanne McFly August 8th, 2014 at 1:25 pm
I am pissed that a “woman” is complaining about having to get a job (aside from the fact the dumbass already has one). Does she not realize that woman having the ability to work and support ourselves is a major gain to our independence? I wish these “types” didn’t get under my skin, but my need to bitch slap some of these people override my commonsense sometimes.
Skip Patterson August 8th, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Another right-wing Christofascist telling lies. Nothing new.
Gindy51 August 8th, 2014 at 2:14 pm
I wonder how much money she got to lie?
Herb Sarge Phelps August 8th, 2014 at 2:22 pm
Yeah poor thing, having to buy health insurance for her husband who has a medical condition. Either she is not aware that means her husband could die if she didn’t have it, or she hates her husband so bad she doesn’t want to spend money on making sure he will be as healthy as possible and will be around long. Wow what a hateful woman.
lynnguist August 28th, 2014 at 11:21 pm
I wonder if he has a Life Ins. policy?
klip a hedge November 18th, 2014 at 4:53 am
Ah god lover. lynnie, look at that flash gaff, leather sofa, now obama to me is just another puppet for them Banksters as was all the others before him for the last many years, but this is scrapin the barrel, I think obama should give free tatoo laser treatment to the kkk for been so stupid for so long, sorry but no excuse when we have the internet to educate yourself…
Daniel Jacobsen August 8th, 2014 at 2:49 pm
Think they missed something here …. If there was no ACA her husband would still have no insurance !!!!!!!
Anomaly 100 August 8th, 2014 at 3:28 pm
And now he does. Geez gf, think.
Obewon August 8th, 2014 at 3:39 pm
‘Think (you) missed something here:’ ‘Consumers allowed to renew health insurance policies that did not comply with the new HC law for two more years through 2017’-March 5, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/us/politics/obama-extends-renewal-period-for-noncompliant-insurance-policies.html
dr_benton_quest August 8th, 2014 at 2:52 pm
Employed by Noble Energy in Media Relations as a “Technologist” whatever that is supposed to be. Basically a paid liar. So, no surprise she would spew lies on camera for the crossroads a-holes.
GunTotingLib August 8th, 2014 at 3:09 pm
It “captured the heart of her message” even if it was a lie.
Obewon August 8th, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Repubs still can’t find anybody injured by the $1.5 T federal deficit reducing ACA. Sen. Rubio was so injured he covered his entire family with ObamaCare!
pmbalele August 8th, 2014 at 4:27 pm
Like many ignorant people, she is being used by FoxNews and right winger to discredit Obamacare. Same tactics are being used on Dr. Carson, Allen West, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin who takes her son to Canada for treatment etc. These are fakers. Please don’t listen to them.
RioBravoHombre August 8th, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Lies. Hatred. Racism. The Black Man in the White House has reduced the GOP to nothing but quivering, lying, hatefilled racists.
DetroitSam August 8th, 2014 at 6:49 pm
I posted your comment on twitter. Hope you don’t mind.
RioBravoHombre August 8th, 2014 at 10:23 pm
I refuse to twit or twat at all…but, as you will, friend.
RioBravoHombre August 8th, 2014 at 5:09 pm
There should be a voiceover that RAPIDLY says,”This statement NOT meant to be in any way factual!”
Margie Bateman Osgood August 8th, 2014 at 5:29 pm
Why are they STILL beating this dead horse?
Jake August 8th, 2014 at 6:53 pm
Something no-one has brought up. She says she has not been working all these years. Yet she has. Does that mean she has not filed taxes for those wages? Has she been working “under the table”. Shouldn’t the IRS look into this. And is Noble Energy complicit in this scam? Or. if she has been working and paying taxes, are Noble Energy complicit in that scam?
burqa August 8th, 2014 at 7:11 pm
Saying she “had to go back to work” is kind of like a pack-a-day smoker saying they quit (20 times a day).
Gary Harryman January 21st, 2015 at 4:30 pm
She nailed an old truth my grandpa taught me – “When a Republican is talking he is lying and the truth is the opposite of what he is saying.”