In today’s episode of Disgusting Things Republicans Do, Karoli at Crooks and Liars picked up on a flier about health insurance being mailed out by the California Assembly Republican Caucus, advising people to go to a fake version of California’s CoveredCA.com health exchange site.
The fake site is packed with anti-ACA articles and smears:
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.
For seniors, this message:
Seniors on Medicare may not see changes immediately to their benefits or coverage. Down the line, however, the erosion and accessibility of care may become a problem.
To pay for other components of the Affordable Care Act such as expanding Medicaid and creating state health exchanges, Medicare providers will see rate cuts nearing $200 billion over the next decade. These cuts could potentially result in the exodus of doctors from the Medicare system and force Medicare recipients to find new providers, possibly facing longer wait times for care as that pool of doctors shrinks.
The absolute derangement of today’s Republican Party right there, in your face. Using outright dishonesty and trickery in a bizarre attempt to prevent people from getting health insurance is a new low, but I have confidence they’ll find a way to go even lower before long.
WASHINGTON — A pair of House Republicans have a new bill that would spare the military from sequestration by cutting the Social Security benefits of many Americans who already experience painful federal budget cuts.
Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) are introducing the Provide for the Common Defense Act on Tuesday. The legislation would cancel out the next two years of sequestration cuts for the Pentagon by putting a heavier burden on senior citizens and federal workers.
Specifically, the plan would change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security, using a measurement called “chained CPI.” The result would be less money in the pockets of beneficiaries. It would also increase federal employee retirement contributions and means-test Medicare premiums. Critics of means-testing argue that such a change would undermine the popularity of the program, turning it into welfare for lower-income Americans.
“Washington has a spending problem, but incessantly and mindlessly cutting national security will not get us out of our fiscal mess,” said Lamborn in a statement. “President Obama must realize that out-of-control entitlement spending is drowning our country in debt. Our bill cancels national security sequestration for two years by enacting a few Obama-endorsed reforms that will actually produce over $300 billion in savings over ten years. Two-thirds of the savings will go toward debt reduction.”
Previous tweet should have read “Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.”
— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
Brief diary. Reid has gone nuclear. He’s going to prevent the Tihadists from shutting down the government with fake filibusters.
I’m old enough to remember when Sen. McConnell insisted on up-or-down votes for judicial confirmations. http://t.co/qEcBrh3yNR
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 21, 2013