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Everyone is pissed that the California GOP used taxpayer money to make a fake ObamaCare website

Using tax money to mislead people about healthcare, what could go wrong?

Uproar over GOP’s ‘fake’ Obamacare website - Politics Blog

California Assembly Republicans are getting blowback for a website that points out some of the, ahem, shortcomings of the new health care law. Not only does it share a similar URL to California’s official CoveredCA.com, but it kinda looks official. The concern is that it could cause confusion for those looking for the actual site.

One effect of the liberal blowback: Traffic to the GOP’s site has increased tenfold in the past couple of days, CA GOP Assembly communications director Sabrina Lockhart told us. Geez, the site wasn’t getting much love at all when it first went live in August. And yes, it was created with taxpayer dollars as an informational site by the GOP.

“Assembly Republicans have made no secret of their concerns about the new law,” Lockhart said. “We’re just passing on information.”

The recent flurry in interest around the GOP site is “manufactured outrage on the Internet,” Lockhart said, “that is distracting people from the real problems” with the health care rollout. Like this.

Manufactured or not, the outrage Tuesday from the progressive Courage Campaign was pretty loud:

“It’s outrageous that our elected officials in California are using taxpayer dollars to intentionally mislead their constituents and divert them from CoveredCA.com,” said Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the Courage Campaign and a practicing oncologist. “Our state’s website is a model for the nation and single-handedly signing up more Americans for quality health coverage than all the other states combined, yet Republicans in Sacramento have wasted taxpayer dollars building a fake website in an attempt to sow confusion and fear, in a futile attempt to discredit the law.”

Last month, Attorney General Kamala Harris shut down 10 fake “private health insurance websites that misled Californians by imitating Covered California.” The GOP website was not among those listed among the “imitation” websites.