Culture 13 August 2009 Obama, Orwell and the NHS Why the American right gets it wrong on two counts Print HTML Attempts by the American right to undermine Barack Obama's proposed health-care reforms by circulating bizarre statistical inaccuracies about the National Health Service have been roundly condemned. But it's not just the conservative campaigners' facts that miss the mark; their rhetoric, which denounces the NHS as an "Orwellian" piece of state machinery, is also suspect. Here is a feature from last week's Times Literary Supplement about the uses and abuses of the term. Hardly a day passes, writes Richard Vinen, "when some politician or journalist does not denounce something or other as 'Orwellian', a word that Orwell would have hated". › Here's 10 left-wing things Gordon Brown could do Subscribe More Related articles The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now How Jo Brand found comedy in the world's most thankless job: social work Why is Britain falling out of love with Valentine’s Day?