Online ads advertise a non-existent product, sold with shady tactics that regulators don’t have the tools to stop.
A Google ad urged people to “Enroll in Trumpcare plans. Healthcare changes are coming.”
The problem is, there’s no such thing as “Trumpcare.”
Facebook and Google have promised to crack down on lies and misinformation about politics in the run-up to next month’s presidential election, but they have run tens of thousands of ads in the past year containing false claims about health insurance reform and plans.
I signed up for one of the ads, which earned me hundreds of sales calls from telemarketers selling plans that, Marshall Allen and I discovered for ProPublica, are barely regulated. Many of the telemarketers lie to try to sell the skimpy healthcare plans, according to my first-hand experience and according to the GAO.