As we’ve worked to implement the Affordable Care Act and give the American people the security of knowing that their health care will be there when they need it most, opponents of reform haven't been shy about making claims that are at odds with the facts. But one piece of misinformation always stood out: the bogus claim that health reform amounts to a government takeover of health care. Today, Politifact, a respected nonpartisan watchdog, said that this claim is the “Lie of the Year.”PolitiFact is nonpartisan in approximately the same sense that the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation are nonpartisan. As for "respected," I guess it depends on whom you ask.
So, as we’ve been saying all along, the Affordable Care Act brings unprecedented transparency, consumer protections, and benefits that empower Americans to have better control over their health care decisions--bearing no resemblance with “a government takeover” of our health care system.I'm surprised that White House mouthpiece Stephanie Cutter stopped short of reminding us that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.