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PolitiFact Natonal's Lie of the Year: Government 'takeover of health care'
The claim that the Democratic health care law is a "government takeover of health care" is PolitiFact National's 2010 Lie of the Year. The claim that the Democratic health care law is a "government takeover of health care" is PolitiFact National's 2010 Lie of the Year.

The claim that the Democratic health care law is a "government takeover of health care" is PolitiFact National's 2010 Lie of the Year.

Bill Adair
By Bill Adair December 17, 2010
Angie Drobnic Holan
By Angie Drobnic Holan December 17, 2010

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."

"Takeovers are like coups," Luntz wrote in a 28-page memo. "They both lead to dictators and a loss of freedom."

Less than two years later, PolitiFact National has chosen "government takeover of health care" as the 2010 Lie of the Year.

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