Anti-Obamacare ad stirs controversy Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014 KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Politics is not for the faint-hearted. Now, a Dexter woman who has become a cause célèbre in the ongoing battle against the Affordable Care Act is finding that out.As a spokesperson for a million-dollar campaign against both the Affordable Care Act and likely Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Gary Peters, Julie Boonstra has found herself in the middle of what's become a national storm of controversy.Tonight, in Tom's Corner, our Tom Van Howe says the whole problem could be remedied if the ad was simply taken out of circulation.=====================At first blush, the commercial is devastating.Here's an attractive, obviously well-spoken woman implying that the Affordable Care Act is so unaffordable that she'd not be able to afford her meds to fight leukemia.The essence of it is that Obamacare is going to kill her."Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high," she said, "it's unaffordable. If I do not receive my medication, I will die."Whether you're against national healthcare or not, it's the kind of TV spot that can make you cough your coffee right up through your nose.The average response is "Whoa," "Really?" "My God, this is horrible!"And that's exactly how the right wing political action group Americans for Prosperity, funded in part, by the renowned Koch brothers, wants us to react.It was an emotional, seemingly unimpeachable, and searing indictment of Obamacare. What could be worse?The plan is killing people?Well, under a brighter light, things are often not what they appear to be. And we have fact-checkers to thank for that illumination.In this case, it was Glenn Kessler, of the Washington Post. Not any tricky or back-door journalism. He simply called her up.Without going into all the numbers, he found that Obamacare had, indeed, forced her out of her $1,300 per month policy--one that had been taking care of all her out-of-pocket expenses.Her new plan, however, reduced her monthly expense almost by half--to $571, and capped her out-of-pocket expenses at a little over $6,000. When you add it all up, the difference between then and now is two dollars a year.That's it. That's all.My own observation is that Julie was a little confused, and Americans for Prosperity took advantage of her.Certainly they knew the details even if she didn't.The ad campaign is now discredited. It ought to be pulled. But AFP knows that a lot of people will keep right on believing.And TV stations will keep right on taking the ad money.But it would be nice if one of the stations in this state simply said, "your commercial is misleading and inflammatory and we're not going to air it anymore."Wishful thinking, but it would be nice.In this corner...I'm Tom Van Howe.