Monday, February 13, 2012

Don Surber: "Obama proved it was government-run healthcare"

Don Surber notices the same connection between the actions of the Obama administration and PolitiFact's 2010 "Lie of the Year" that I pointed out last week.  We highlight it here at PolitiFact Bias because Surber makes the criticism of PolitiFact so effectively and directly:
On December 17, 2010, as part of its continuous support and defense of Obamacare, PolitiFact boldly declared as its Lie Of The Year “government takeover of health care.”

This week, President Obama’s own actions proved that PolitiFact’s editors were in error. By requiring that everyone’s health insurance (which will soon be mandatory) carry free birth control for women — no co-payments or no deductibles — not only does President Obama violate the 1st and 14th Amendments to the Constitution (religion and equal protection under the law) but President Obama lays bare the lie that this is not government-run health care.
Surber's observation serves as yet another indicator that liberals critical of the 2011 "Lie of the Year" selection were simply late to the party.  Not that a thorough progressivist indoctrination can't detect a full-on conservative bias at PolitiFact.

If PolitiFact has any chance of redemption on this issue, it comes from the doubt as to whether the executive branch has the authority it claims from the health care bill to require insurance companies to provide a service free of charge.

If no such authority exists, of course, it makes President Obama's position to the contrary a falsehood.

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