The big lie revisited
The “Big Lie” is a useful propaganda technique where a lie so colossal and distorted no one would possibly believe it but if repeated hard and long enough becomes nonetheless tied to the truth. It is a tool used for centuries by gruesome totalitarian dictatorships the world over and famously employed by Nazi Germany to rationalize and hide its infamous crimes.
Popular usage of this dystopian term is credited to George Orwell’s novel “1984” where terms like “newspeak” and “endless war” among a host of others became vogue. It was lies geared to the unwittingly ignorant and manipulated populace. It has never ceased usage in modern times.
The Health Care Reform Act (HCRA) of 2012, otherwise derogatorily named “Obamacare,” is one such place where the Big Lie has proved fruitful.
While having lunch downtown in one of our fine restaurants, I overheard two tables discussing how the HCRA was going to destroy the nation, increase health insurance premiums to an unaffordable level, and bankrupt the national debt to an unmanageable degree.
Nothing can be further from the truth. The General Accounting Office itself recognizes the fact the cost of health care may indeed go up a little in the short term but costs will level off and even decrease as full implementation of this law takes place. You, me and everyone will benefit from available and affordable health care in the near future, potentially saving the lives of thousands of Georgians who formerly had no other recourse.
But the lie persists, through uniformed deception, rancor, prejudiced and out-and-out invective hateful voices: And that, ladies and gentlemen, would have made Adolf Hitler proud.
Ralph J. Montonaro