The California GOP’s Fake Health Care Website

Fake Health Care WebsiteIn this wicked world of woe, there are hucksters, flimflammers, plain ol’ crooks… and Republican members of the California Assembly.

This last bunch of scoundrels went out of their way to monkeywrench the rollout of President Obama’s new health care law. Obama’s computer geniuses were making a hash of the initial rollout in October, but the sign-up was finally smoothing out – and with any Obama success, GOP lawmakers automatically start tossing monkeywrenchs.

This time, the tool they tossed is a fake website created by California Republican legislators in August to look like the state’s official health exchange site, where people can sign up to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act. When things finally got worked out on the national health care exchange in November, the Repubs mailed a pamphlet to their constituents, directing them to the decoy site, calling it a “resource guide” to “help” them navigate the ACA sign up process.

Far from help, however, the faux site is a trap. It’s filled with boilerplate Republican propaganda against the law, gimmicks to discourage viewers from even applying for the health care they need, and a rash of distortions and outright lies. There’s so much bunkum on the site that its fine print includes a disclaimer saying they don’t vouch for “the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information” it provides.

jim hightowerThe silliest thing about the lawmakers’ blatantly political ploy is that even if it convinces some people to forgo the ACA’s benefits, who does that hurt? Not Obama – but their own constituents! I know there’s no IQ requirement to be a state legislator, but what were they thinking?

We can laugh at their low comedy, but if you’re a California taxpayer, congratulations: You paid for the GOP’s bogus website and mailings.

Jim Hightower
America’s #1 Populist

Published by the LA Progressive on December 31, 2013
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About Jim Hightower

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.

Hightower is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots.

He broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried in more than 150 commercial and public stations, on the web, and on Radio for Peace International.

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  1. jmacmurray says:

    “Silly” maybe. How about “Criminal?” This shameful mess was put together with our tax dollars. Can we get Attorney General Kamala Harris on the case?

  2. JoeWeinstein says:

    “The silliest thing about the lawmakers’ blatantly political ploy is that
    even if it convinces some people to forgo the ACA’s benefits, who does
    that hurt? Not Obama – but their own constituents!”

    Silly maybe, but unusually silly, no. Hurting your own constituents is what many politicians (almost all Repugs and many Dems) know how to do and do so instinctively. The key to election or re-election is not necessarily to actually help (or at least avoid hurting) your constituents. Rather, the key is to get them to THINK that you are helping them.

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