GOP in California Put Up Fake Healthcare Enrollment Website-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

There are allegations flying on the World Wide Web that the California GOP has created a fake health care website to discourage constituents from obtaining insurance.
The Truth:

There is a website that was put up by the California State Assembly Republican Caucus but this website is a resource guide for residents of the Golden State and links the official website right on the front page.

This rumor stemmed from a December 2, 2013 article by the Daily Kos.   The writer, who goes by the nom de plum of “Hunter,” may have been a little over zealous in his defense of the Affordable Care Act and attacked the Assembly Republican Caucus with his words.  Hunter called the Republicans “horrible people” and wrote a “fake health care site intended to discourage the people on their own mailing lists from getting health insurance because [expletive deleted] them, that’s why.”

Contrary to what the Daily Kos would have readers believe, the website clearly says on the front page that it is a “California Resource Guide,” answers frequently asked questions about the Affordable Health Care Act and has pages to answer information for people who already have health plans, are seeking health plans or are covered by their employers.   The site has a page with a calculator to show visitors what the fine may be if they decide to opt out of the mandated program.

Posted 12/03/13

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A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

California Republicans are desperate and shameless. In the past two weeks, GOP Assembly members have sent mailings out on what appears to be the state’s dime to their constituents about health insurance. Only, they don’t direct those people to to sign up. Instead, they send them to their own astroturf version at the URL

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.