In their defense of Obamacare, liberals take leave of reality, while accusing Republicans of doing that

ABC’s Nightline is declaring that the “biggest lie of the year” is the Republican claim that Obamacare represents a government takeover of health care. How can the Nightline people—including even the normally sensible (i.e., consistently skeptical toward Obama) Jake Tapper—believe that it’s not merely not true that Obamacare is a government takeover of health care, but that it’s the biggest lie of the year? They believe it because in their minds, unless the government literally nationalizes—i.e., acquires the ownership of—health insurance companies and private hospitals and doctors’ practices and medical equipment businesses and so on, then the government is not “taking over” the health care industry. This is arrant nonsense that only a liberal could credit. Government takeover of a private entity doesn’t necessarily mean that the government acquires ownership of that entity, only that the government gains decisive control over that entity, whether through ownership or through regulation.

Nothing I’ve seen shows the fundamental bad faith of liberals—their war against reality—than their statement that Obamacare is not a government takeover of America’s health care industry.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 18, 2010 08:08 AM | Send

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