The independent fact-finding website Politifact has announced and debunked (for about the millionth time, by them and others) their "Lie of the Year"--the "government takeover of health care."
Of course, the health care reform bill that passed this year is nothing of the sort, as Politifact and others have pointed out again and again. Yes, it adds more federal regulation. But those regulations keep in place, and actually strengthen, the private insurance industry that provides most of our health insurance. Those regulations add millions of customers to those insurance companies. The companies don't like it because over the years they've discovered that it's easy to maximize profits by taking in the highest premiums they can get away with, and paying out as few benefits as possible. To that end, they've routinely denied coverage to those most likely to need it. As a result, 45,000 Americans die every year because they can't get insurance, and can't afford expensive treatment without it.
Many of us wanted more government involvement in health care than we got--we wanted a single payer system, like many other nations have, or failing that, at least a public option, a government-run plan that would be not-for-profit and would provide real competition to the private insurers. We didn't get that. The law we got is flawed, but far, far better than no law at all. If you're still out there complaining about the government takeover, then either you watch too much Fox "News" (which yet another study, added to the many already performed, shows leaves its viewers far less informed than people who don't watch Fox) or you believe the propaganda coming from the health insurance industry sources trying to preserve their profitable, but murderous, existing ways of doing business.
In short--the way we pay for health care kills Americans. The new law makes that better--it means more people will be healthier, and fewer will die because they can't afford expensive care. There are no "death panels" (last year's Lie of the Year at Politifact). It keeps insurance companies profitable, although they might have to work a little harder to make those profits. And it is no government takeover.