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Roger Perry
12-17-2010, 03:43 PM
In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to overhaul America's health insurance system. Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a "government takeover."

By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the "public option" concept that was derided as too much government intrusion. The law passed in March, with new regulations, but no government-run plan.

But as Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn't let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry.

PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen "government takeover of health care" as the 2010 Lie of the Year. Uttered by dozens of politicians and pundits, it played an important role in shaping public opinion about the health care plan and was a significant factor in the Democrats' shellacking in the November elections.


http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/dec/16/lie-year-government-takeover-health-care/

gman0046
12-17-2010, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the "Heads Up" Perry. Its people like you that make America great.

road kill
12-17-2010, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the "Heads Up" Perry. Its people like you that make America great.

Or not.........


RK

JDogger
12-17-2010, 07:26 PM
In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to overhaul America's health insurance system. Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a "government takeover."

By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the "public option" concept that was derided as too much government intrusion. The law passed in March, with new regulations, but no government-run plan.

But as Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn't let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry.

PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen "government takeover of health care" as the 2010 Lie of the Year. Uttered by dozens of politicians and pundits, it played an important role in shaping public opinion about the health care plan and was a significant factor in the Democrats' shellacking in the November elections.


http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/dec/16/lie-year-government-takeover-health-care/

Just finished my HC plan election for next year. Same as last year. Yeah, BCBS wants a little more, PCP co-pays up from $15 to $20. Prescription costs up a little in some areas, down in others, but dayum, aren't they entitled to make a profit? Glad I got BCBS in my dividend-paying portfolio.

I still got my guns too. :rolleyes:

JD

Buzz
12-17-2010, 07:47 PM
Did anyone else read about the Washington editor at Faux News sending down the edict that the term "public option" was off limits because the focus groups responded positively to the term. They were instructed to instead use the term "government option" because the focus groups responded negatively to the term. So, it comes as no surprise that a recent study showed that regular viewers of Faux News are significantly less informed that those who do not watch Faux.

Faux News isn't a news organization where people tune in to become informed, it's a political organization that people can tune in and have their views validated.