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The Newest GOP Tactic Against Obamacare? Fake Websites

identity-theftThere’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t win, cheat like hell” and it’s apparently the motto that the GOP has taken to heart across the country in their latest attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

What does their newest attempt involve? Creating fake websites with misinformation that look like state insurance exchanges in order to confuse consumers trying to find out what their new insurance options are under Obamacare.

First off we have Kentucky, where 3 different websites were set up to mislead people as well as collect their personal information to send harassing emails and phone calls:

Attorney General Jack Conway said some consumers attempting to locate the official site through search engines were being deceptively steered to the kynect101.com website instead of kynect.ky.gov, where they were provided false information about their options under the federal Affordable Care Act, including being informed that there were no plans with federal subsidies available to offset a portion of their insurance premiums.

The AG’s Office of Consumer Protection contacted the owners of the website on Nov. 26, demanding that the site be taken down. The letter also noted that kynect is a copyrighted term and that the copycat site infringed on the state’s copyrights.


Why Kentucky? Kentucky is the currently the only Southern state that is participating fully in the Affordable Care Act and has had success with their enrollment numbers. Even while the federal Healthcare.gov site had rollout issues, Kentucky’s site only had minor glitches when it was launched on October 1st, 2013 – and hasn’t had issues since. If you were running a sabotage campaign, why not run it in a state with a fully functional health insurance exchange site and (not coincidentally) a GOP Senator who is facing a battle for re-election both from Democrats as well as from within his own party?

Then there’s California with a website (coveringhealthcareca.com) which has a URL that resembles the state’s actual exchange web address (CoveredCa.com), but is used to only highlight criticisms of the Affordable Care Act while doing nothing to actually inform people of their new options. Oh yeah – it was created by California Republicans and paid for with California tax dollars. Why California? Just like Kentucky, California has a successful state exchange and people are signing up. How do you create confusion and fear and then redirect that back toward the President and his party in 2014 and beyond? Keep people from enrolling in the subsidized healthcare plans now available to them, or in the case of my state and many others run by the GOP – block a Medicaid expansion that would benefit millions of people living near the poverty line.

I guess when Congress has single-digit approval rating and the healthcare law you opposed is slowly beginning to show its worth, perhaps your only choice is to cheat – and cheat like hell.

About Manny Schewitz

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  • pam1500

    Liberals are dumber clucks than even I thought, and I thought they were pretty dumb. The president sucks, lies like he breathes, his polls are sinking, how do we get away from this cesspool we created, OH LOOK! SQUIRREL! And all the libs scamper away and look.
    If this were Narnia, libs would be the animals who ceded the power of speech. They love to honk and bray.

  • Zach Smith

    How dare they mislead people about DemocratCare?

    “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”

    • MiMg

      Get your PRIORITIES straight, TENS of MILLIONS of Americans will NOW have insurance that BEFORE could NOT even GET it!

      • Zach Smith

        Lying is okay as long as it advances your liberal agenda?

      • MiMg

        Lets see if you have a heart or a brain. Have you EVER worked for Minimum Wage? If so, you MUST remember THOSE jobs do NOT offer Health Insurance for MANY months, sometimes YEARS before you are eligible for insurance!

      • Zach Smith

        Your answer to a problem that affects a fairly small portion of the population is to make healthcare worse for everyone else? Sometimes you really should use your brain.

      • MiMg

        you call TENS of MILLIONS of people a “small portion” BRAIN and HEART DEAD !

      • josephherring

        Where did I say 10 millions people. you are really illiterate. If you are going to debate then READ!! A website of that size and structure would have cost 10 million dollars. I am done talking to someone with no mind. This will be the last comment. Not worth debating with someone who’s mind is not working correctly. Good day and be Blessed.

      • MiMg

        YOU NEED TO READ! My post was regarding Zach’s statement that the bill was only going to help a “small portion” of society

      • MiMg

        YOU Repubs are SO STUPID, the ACA has NOT even gone into effect yet, but for YEARS you’ve been CLAIMING it isn’t working! you HAVE to WAIT to even PROVE your comments

      • josephherring

        Sure it isn’t working. From the beginning it has been a waste of money. Spent almost a billion dollars on a website that would have cost around 10 million at the most.

      • MiMg

        you CANT say something is a WASTE until FACTS back that up, and you cant even GET those facts until TIME has passed to PROVE what you are saying, USE YOUR HEAD

      • josephherring

        OK Fact!! millions have already said that this law was crap, not only conservatives but Democrats as well.

      • josephherring

        WRONG!!! I worked minimum wage jobs and had health insurance. I worked at a hospital as a cook.

      • MiMg

        I have CONFIDENTIAL HR training and knowledge that YOU will NEVER have. the FARTHER down the ladder you are (the LESS you are paid) the LESS benefits employees are offered and the LONGER time in position requirements are required BEFORE they are even ALLOWED ANY benefits

      • josephherring

        Because you have HR training does not mean you are correct. I worked at the hospital for minimum wage, was full time, and had insurance. How are you going to tell me what I had and did not have? I believe I was the one who was there not you. Correct? I received insurance at the beginning not later on.

      • spendley4

        Sad to say, but it works both ways Zach. Both parties practice deception to further their agenda. And this (fake ACA website) issue is a perfect example of it.

      • Zach Smith

        That is undoubtedly true, but MiMg was implying that is was acceptable, because he/she was pleased with the outcome, i.e., the ends justify the means.

  • spunkysmum

    OK, who is actually buying this crap story?