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PolitiFact's Lie of the Year in quotes

A sample of how the phrase "government takeover" was used by elected officials in 2010

"We've seen all week, Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi, Majority Leader (Harry) Reid continuing to scheme and plot, trying to find some way to get their big government takeover of health care enacted."

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, Jan. 31, on Meet the Press

"I voted against the government takeover of our health programs, and I'm going to do it again."

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, Feb. 10, in a speech

"The problem we have with this bill is, it is a fiscal nightmare. It ultimately at the end of the day leads to a rationing kind of a scheme, and we don't think the answer is to have the government take over the health care system."

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., March 2, interview on Fox News Channel

"This is way too important to rush. A majority of the American people want us to scrap the bill and start over. But what you heard the president of the United States say today is that because he can do it, he will do it. He's going to drive a government takeover of health care through the Congress."

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., March 3, interview on Fox News Channel

"Our government has failed us. From the billion-dollar bailouts to the 'stimulus' package that failed to stimulate to the government takeover of health care, you cried 'Stop!' . . . but the Democratic majority in Washington has refused to listen."

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Sept. 25, in the Republican response to the president's weekly address.

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year in quotes 12/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 7:47am]
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