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California Republicans accused of launching intentionally misleading Obamacare web site

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A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C. The GOP stirred up outrage among Democrats by creating a fake website for the Affordable Care Act in California. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

If you’ve heard of the Affordable Care Act, you’ve heard about the many problems with its rollout both nationwide and here in California. Now, there’s concern that Republican members of the California State Assembly are intentionally trying to mislead constituents about the health care law.

They’ve created a website with the URL: http://coveringhealthcareca.com, which looks very similar to California’s official Obamacare web site: https://www.coveredca.com Republicans say the site is meant purely for informational purposes, as a resource for everyone.

But critics charge that the site has inaccurate information and represents an underhanded tactic to undermine the health care law. Last month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris shut down ten fake insurance sites “that misled Californians by imitating Covered California.”

The GOP website was not among those listed as “imitation” websites. Should it have been? Is it intentionally misleading or simply California Republicans sharing their point of view fair and square?

Guests:
Sabrina Lockhart, Communications Director, California State Assembly Republican Caucus

Dr. Paul Song, M.D., Executive Chairman, Courage Campaign; Visiting Fellow in the California Department of Insurance; Practicing Oncologist at Cedars-Sinai

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