Dirty Tricks on the Taxpayer’s Dime
In 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 out monkeywrenches.
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.
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!
I know there’s no IQ requirement to be a state legislator, but what were they thinking?
We can laugh at their low comedy and nincompoopery, but if you’re a California taxpayer, congratulations: You paid for the GOP’s bogus website and mailings. So much for that party’s opposition to wasteful spending!
“A Bogus Health Care Website, Courtesy of the GOP,” www.msnbc.com, December 4, 2013.
“California Republicans Defend Fake Obamacare Site,” www.abcnews.com, December 3, 2013.
“California GOP Creates Fake Health Care Website to Discourage Constituents from Obtaining Insurance,” www.dailykos.com, December 2, 2013.
Jim Hightower is a Texan, columnist, and populist who believes that to move America from greed to greatness, we must fuel the power and the passion of our nation’s workaday majority. You can listen to more of Jim Hightower’s commentaries here.
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It’s been a long time since the American people have seen such dirty tricks. The Republican party of today makes the party of Richard Nixon look like a collection of altar boys.
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