Arizona Congressmen Repeat "Lie of the Year" About "Obamacare," and Vernon Parker's Set to Run It on TV

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Vernon Parker repeating the "Lie of the Year."
The thought that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- is a "government takeover" of health care has been repeated over, and over, and over again since the spring of 2009.

That thought earned the label of "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact, a fact-checking outlet operated by the Tampa Bay Times.

It's false enough that PolitiFact nestled it between the imaginary "death panels" and the thought that Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's voucher plan would "end Medicare" as the gold-medalists for bullshittery.

And still, some of Arizona's own are repeating it to this day.

Republican state Senator Nancy Barto, chairman of the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee, repeated it yesterday along with other debunked talking points in her rant about the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Ben Quayle got in on the action too, issuing a statement saying he would "continue to fight every day for the full repeal of this government takeover of health care."

Quayle also said the law "harms the ability of businesses to offer health insurance, or even hire new workers," and a similar analysis by PolitiFact found that claim questionable.

Congressman Paul Gosar isn't a fan of the Affordable Care Act either, in part calling it a "monstrous government takeover."

Then there's Paradise Valley Councilman Vernon Parker, who's running for Congress as a Republican in the state's Ninth Congressional District.

His campaign announced that Parker's new ad about the Affordable Care Act will be hitting your television sets on Monday.

Parker's opening line in the ad: "Obamacare. It was a travesty. An abomination. A big government takeover of health care."



"'Government takeover' conjures a European approach where the government owns the hospitals and the doctors are public employees," PolitiFact's explanation of the "Lie of the Year" states. "But the law Congress passed, parts of which have already gone into effect, relies largely on the free market."

The fact-checkers note several of the main points to debunk the "government takeover" angle.

Employers will still provide insurance through private companies. The formerly uninsured who will get health insurance will get private health insurance. The government literally will not take over hospitals or make doctors public employees. There's no public option. Tax credits for folks who can't readily afford to purchase insurance equate to regulation, not socialism.

In fact, PolitiFact equates most of the things in the law to increased government regulation of health care, not socialized medicine or a "government takeover."

The point of the phrase, perhaps, is that it's been repeated enough times that it works.

PolitiFact cites a Bloomberg poll that found more than half of the people polled believed the line about the Affordable Care Act amounted to a "government takeover" of health care.

Click here for PolitiFact's explanation for crowning the "government takeover" line as the "Lie of the Year" for 2010.

Even since handing over the gold medal to that line, PolitiFact regularly catches people trying to use it as a talking point, and the fact-checkers have been reminding everyone it's not true ever since, as recently as earlier this month.


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PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol thanks for giving me a mental picture I didn't want. EWWWW

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

even if it IS a tax it doesnt matter. The SCOTUS filed in favor of it. DEAL with IT!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

that's easy. Any time a republican opens their mouth from AZ it's a lie...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

New Zealand  has awesome health care and education. Their cost of living is lower than ours and they get paid more, and get paid vacation time.. and 35 hour work weeks. What si wrong with our country? GREED!

Coz
Coz

So in all this, will the prescription prices finally become affordable or will the pharmaceutical companies continue to rip the public off with Government blessings ?

Jacob Wentz
Jacob Wentz

When young healthy people are rated early and premium increases are limited (price controls) this is less distortive to the market than the ACA. I agree the ACA is largely a failure due to its silence on health insurance tax parity. 

Madworld
Madworld

As long as the CEO's of our For Profit health care providers maximize profits by denying care and rake in obscene salaries with massive bonuses, the average person will always get screwed. The results of a recent study shows the USA spending more per capita on health care than any other country...more even than any country with the best universal health care for all of its citizens ...like Norway, where they Get paid time off and maybe even a trip to a sunny beach to aid recovery. The USA spends more $ per patient, its just going to line the pockets of Ceo's and shareholders. I'll take the Canadian system over ours any day.

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