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“The sky is falling.”

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on Health Care reform the facts need to be sorted out for the American people. Lies and half-truths have been the hallmark of opponents to a bill that would eventually insure an additional 33 million people.

During my regular dog walking excursion with my trusty dog Spike, a rabid “federalist” as he calls himself, railed against the bill and the Obama Administration. “This is just more big government. We’re building a mountain of debt that’s unsustainable. It’s just not going to work. My wife will lose her job because they mandate that all part-time workers be covered by health insurance,” he said (More was said but I try to make this column expletive free).

As I listen to uninformed or just simply lying political operatives it’s like watching Larry King interview Chicken Little. “Excuse me Mr. Little where is that piece of fallen sky.” (Sound: insert Crickets chirping).

Even though provisions were added per recommendation of Republicans they rejected the bill even going as far as saying that their party will focus on making repeal of Health Care Reform the centerpiece of the 2010 mid-term house elections.

The mantra from those opposed to this bill is simple, “they’re ignoring the will of the American people,” South Carolina senator Jim DeMint writes in USA Today, “Everything our nation stands for is at risk when a president and a Congress collude to violate the Constitution and ignore the American people.”

Newt Gingrich said, the Democrats “have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.”

For those Rush Limbaugh ditto heads; Sean Hannity handwringers and Glen Beck’s K.O.O.K.S. aka Keepers of Odd Knowledge Society, they’re making it appear as though “non-American born, socialist, arrogant,” Barack Obama snuck in and stole the nation’s treasury. (The bankers already did that)

In 2008 we had an election, Barack Obama won and with him came majorities in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Candidate Obama’s campaign was unequivocal in his desire to introduce health care reform.

As a conservative friend said to me during an argument about the Bush Administration regarding spending and fallout over the war, “Ken, in order to make policy you gotta win elections.”

Well the election was won by Mr. Obama and what people are seeing is the consequences of standing by what you’ve said to the American people.

Imagine that, a candidate for president winning the coveted seat and then sticking to his word. So, it’s not the sky hitting “Chicken Little conservatives” over the head it’s the reality that President Obama is going to stick to his promises.

Ken Jackson is the editor of Urban CNY – reach him at kjackson@urbancny.com

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