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House Democrat Compares Republicans to Goebbels

2:55 PM, Jan 19, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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ABC's Jonathan Karl reports

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels," Cohen said. "You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it.  Like blood libel.  That's the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it--believed it and you have the Holocaust.  We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.  Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover," Cohen said.

So much for the calls for more civility in politics.

As for Cohen's proof that it was "the biggest lie of 2010" because Politifact said so, Peter Suderman addressed the charge succinctly:  

If you want to point out that the GOP stretched this one, then by all means go ahead. The PPACA wasn’t strictly a government takeover of the entire health care system. No, it was just a dramatic increase in government regulation, oversight, and control of many parts of the system. 

Read the whole post here, and see also the response to Politifact from Karl at Hot Air.

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