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Posted on December 3, 2013 | By jgarofoli@sfchronicle.com (Joe Garofoli)

California Assembly Republicans are getting blowback for a website that points out some of the, ahem, shortcomings of the new health care law. Not only does it share a similar URL to California’s official CoveredCA.com, but it kinda looks official. The concern is that it could cause confusion for those looking for the actual site.

One effect of the liberal blowback: Traffic to the GOP’s site has increased tenfold in the past couple of days, CA GOP Assembly communications director Sabrina Lockhart told us. Geez, the site wasn’t getting much love at all when it first went live in August. And yes, it was created with taxpayer dollars as an informational site by the GOP.

“Assembly Republicans have made no secret of their concerns about the new law,” Lockhart said. “We’re just passing on information.”

The recent flurry in interest around the GOP site is “manufactured outrage on the Internet,” Lockhart said, “that is distracting people from the real problems” with the health care rollout. Like this.

Manufactured or not, the outrage Tuesday from the progressive Courage Campaign was pretty loud:

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