California GOP Launches Fake ACA Website in a Massive Disinformation Campaign

The latest attempt by the Republican Party to sabotage the Affordable Care Act will absolutely piss you off.

California Republicans — specifically, GOP members of the state’s general assembly — sent out mailers to their constituents informing them about the state exchange website, known as Covered California. Only, instead of sending voters to the actual Covered California exchange website,, the mailers direct Californians to go to, which is most definitely not the California exchange.

Writing for Crooks & Liars, Karoli reported:

On their version, there are links to negative articles and twisted messages intended to sour people on signing up for health insurance before they ever land at the official health exchange site.

The fake website, created by the Assembly Republican caucus, tells seniors: “Seniors on Medicare may not see changes immediately to their benefits or coverage. Down the line, however, the erosion and accessibility of care may become a problem.”

Death panels. You won’t be able to get medical care, seniors, because of Obamacare.

Additionally, the site tells young people: “Young adults will end up paying for much of federal health care reform by subsidizing the cost of sicker people, or by paying a tax penalty if they do not obtain health insurance under the provisions of the individual mandate, which requires all Californians to have coverage beginning in 2014.”

Instead of providing an insurance premium calculator, as many exchanges do, the fake GOP astroturf website features an individual mandate penalty calculator.

And three of the top four questions in the FAQ are in the form of cleverly negative spin against the ACA. The first question involves informing the scary IRS about your health insurance; the second question discusses how the ACA hasn’t prevented rising healthcare costs (even though it was only implemented on October 1); the fourth question claims that there have been 18 tax increases due to the ACA, including an excise tax on businesses. I think you get the idea.

In other words, disguised as the official California exchange, California Assembly Republicans (noted and linked at the bottom of every page on the site), using state money to send these mailers, are conducting a massive disinformation campaign — preventing their own voters from buying health insurance.

I told you it would piss you off.

Bob Cesca is the host of the Bob Cesca Show podcast, a twice weekly political talk show. He’s also a contributor to Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.