Politifact Names 'Lie of the Year'
Health care reform no 'government takeover'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User | Suggested by John_Feeney
Posted Dec 18, 2010 8:05 AM CST
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C., Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – This year’s biggest political lie is the phrase “a government takeover of health care,” holds the nonpartisan fact-checking group Politifact. The term "government takeover" was suggested by a GOP strategist, who called on Republican leaders to use it to refer to health care reform—and use it they did: 90 times on John Boehner’s website, for example, and 200 times on the RNC site. Politifact editors and readers both chose the phrase as the lie of the year.

The lie was key to public opinion and helped drive Democrats’ midterm “shellacking,” write Bill Adair and Angie Drobnic Holan, noting that they’re not assessing policy: “The phrase is simply not true.” While health reform does boost “government regulation of health insurers,” they write, “it is, at its heart, a system that relies on private companies and the free market.” Slate, the New York Times, and FactCheck.org agree, they note. Click to see what Politifact deemed the biggest lie of 2009.

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Dec 19, 2010 12:39 PM CST
A "government takeover" of health care is what the democrats wanted. A single payer system. How can branding it that hurt there campaign? It should have helped it.
Dec 19, 2010 1:26 AM CST
Where did all these "fact" finding groups come from? Do you tards on here seriously need these "fact" groups to think for you? A good majority of the time, the "facts" they spew are not actually facts. The People of the US need to start reading books and think own their own, rather than shit they read on the internet.
Dec 18, 2010 10:16 PM CST
Bo himself said " This is the first step to national healthcare." The intent is to make it attractive for business to opt out of providing healthcare and paying the fine. This way people get moved out of employer based healthcare to government run healthcare. The lie is the article ... pure and simple.