|1/2/2014 3:44:00 PM|
North Branch man's story
featured in political commercial
by DENISE MARTIN
Randy Westby, of North Branch, is featured in a T.V. commercial being distributed by Americans for Prosperity, that one newscast dubbed a “Nolan Attack Ad.” Westby said he did the commercial just to be able to tell his story.
We reached Westby by cell phone last week in Texas. He hadn’t seen the ad, which aired on KSTP December 26. The ad voice-over relates how ObamaCare is negatively affecting regular people and declares that Rep. Rick Nolan “voted to keep it.” You hear Westby’s voice, and he walks on a path, explaining that he’s had three heart attacks and health insurance is very important to him. He is also seated at a table looking over paperwork.
Westby tells the Chisago County Press “it was real simple” why he agreed to do the commercial. He was dropped by one company, due to new federal healthcare act conditions, and another policy presented a near-doubling of his monthly premium. Hardly what you’d call affordable, he told us. He worked with an agent for two months, since MnSURE went on-line in October, trying to find a policy. He grew upset trying to obtain suitable healthcare insurance coverage so he wrote to local lawmakers Sen. Sean Nienow, Rep. Bob Barrett and Brian Johnson to express his frustrations with the MnSURE operations and other state systems.
Westby said he was asked to appear in a commercial that was taped around December 16 or so. He has found a policy, but at a much higher deductible affecting his ability to live on a fixed income, he said. According to KSTP, which aired an interview with Americans for Prosperity spokesperson John Cooney the ad buy is $250,000. Rep. Nolan is serving a two-year term, having defeated Chip Cravaack, for the 8th Congressional District seat. Nolan isn’t up for election again until fall 2014.