Consumer Reports is speaking out and criticizing Republicans for misrepresenting their position, and telling people to stay away from the healthcare.gov website.
Conservative and right wing websites have been running wild with the claim that Consumer Reports is telling people to stay away from the website. National Review wrote, “Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal health-care exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.”
Consumer Reports posted a rebuttal to Republicans who are misrepresenting their position about the healthcare.gov website,
Pundits opposed to the new health care law and some media outlets have tried to suggest that our coverage of the troubled HealthCare.gov site means that Consumer Reports has turned against the Affordable Care Act.
Not true. Consistent with our mission to inform and protect consumers, particularly in this complicated health care market, our advice remains the same: The best place to buy coverage on your own is through the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state. That guarantees you will get comprehensive coverage, and it’s the only way you can lower the cost of your premiums and possibly even your deductibles and copayments.
Republicans are twisting the words of Consumer Reports in an attempt to discourage people from signing up for Obamacare. This is all part of the Republican Party’s campaign to convince the uninsured that they really don’t want access to healthcare. The nearly 20 million hits to the healthcare.gov website are proof that this mission will fail. No matter how hard Republicans try, no matter how many millions of dollars the Koch brothers spend on advertising, they aren’t going to be able to convince people that they don’t really want to be able to see a doctor when they get sick.
Using website problems to deny 30 million people healthcare is desperate and silly. Republicans are running out of options. They continue to ignore what the American people are telling them. The uninsured want access to affordable healthcare. They can warp the words of Consumer Reports until the end of time, but it won’t change the fact that the American people want their Obamacare.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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