In the video above, Chris Hayes covers one of the multitude of dirty tricks that Republicans are using to undermine the Affordable Care Act. In this instance, they've been creating bogus websites to divert potential customers away from legitimate sites that would actually sign people up rather than print lies intended to discourage enrollment.
My favorite Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik chimed in about that particular Healthcare.gov's evil twin today to set readers straight and expose the GOP and their systematic attempts to derail Obamacare and prevent those interested in getting better coverage from doing just that.
Here is an excerpt from Michael's piece, but please read the entire thing, because he does his usual thorough job of debunking the right wing bunkitude:
For example, the website claims that the Affordable Care Act will increase the federal deficit, asserting that the "non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in a March 2012 report that coverage expenses under the Affordable Care Act will cost the country a total of $1.76 trillion total by 2022 and add over $1 trillion to the federal deficit."
Is that so? The site links to this report by the CBO, which states on page 2 that the act will "on net, reduce budget deficits over the 2012–2021 period." Get it? Reduce the deficit, not add to it. The GOP's nasty trick is to consider only the costs of coverage, without netting out the cost reductions and new revenues in the law. Oh, by the way, the CBO also projects that the ACA will reduce the number of uninsured people in the United States by more than 30 million. That's a plus, by most reckoning. [...]
One can certainly sympathize with the California GOP's desire to become relevant again to the lives of Californians, who have all but voted the party out of existence in the Golden State. Given that California is one of the real bright spots in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, one might think that the state's Republicans would recognize its value to voters, instead of trying to fill their constituents' heads with irrelevancies, misinformation, and misrepresentations. One would be wrong.
And Hiltzik, as usual, would be right.