What if you received a notice that you should go to a certain website to get assistance and unsuspecting to you it was a spoof site that was only out to steal you away from the site you actually wanted and maybe even get you to unknowingly give away your personal information? Well, in a world of identity theft and internet scams, the GOP in California has joined in on the larceny. Should the people responsible for this be incarcerated? What if you went to a doctor for treatment and later found out that the doctor was a fake and you might die because you never received the treatment you required? Should that bogus-doctor be brought-up on charges and put away so he would no longer be able to hurt other people?
Read this posting by Jim Hightower as reprinted in full at Truthout
Saturday, 04 January 2014
By Jim Hightower
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 Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. This gang concocted a fake website created by California Republican lawmakers in August to look like the state’s official health exchange site, where people can sign up to get coverage.
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. … 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.
The silliest thing about the lawmakers’ blatantly political ploy is that even if it convinces some people to forego 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 lawmaker, 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.
Who has the rope?