Though the healthcare reform ship took on some water tonight, with the senate election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the boat has not and will not sink! I still have faith that our elected leaders in Washington: Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike, will do what is right for all Americans. The most logical and moral way to get health reform passed is by working together on both sides of the aisle and start speaking the TRUTH.
John Lennon once sang , “I’m sick and tired of hearing things/From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypercritics/All I want is the truth/Just gimme some truth/I’ve had enough of reading things/By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians/All I want is the truth/Just gimme some truth.”
I feel exactly the way John felt when wrote those lyrics nearly 40 years ago.
One website that I recommend all my readers to go to in order to get the facts and “some truth” is politifact.com. It takes a very bipartisan approach to fact checking statements made by elected officials and those in the media.
Here are just a few of the many misleading statements literally made up by conservatives about healthcare reform that are touched on politifact.com.
One of the saddest displays of distorted rhetoric about healthcare reform comes from former nominated Republican V.P candidate Sarah Palin who said last year, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
Mrs. Palin’s statement is not only wrong and filled with lies but could also be summed up in her own words as “Evil.”
Glenn Beck has told the public that healthcare reform will offer, “Insurance for dogs.” That is absolutely not true and comes from a man who wrote a book called How To Argue With Idiots.
Rush Limbaugh has said the healthcare reforms the President is seeking will “Mandate circumcision.” Again a statement so made up it could be written as a sequel to the “War of the World’s.”
In the final analysis supporters and non supporters of healthcare reform alike owe it to their fellow countrymen to tell the truth; not distorting facts. It is every Americans moral obligation to hold our media outlets and elected officials responsible for what they say no matter what party they belong.
President Clinton said it best about putting aside partisan politics and doing what is best for America when said during his 1995 State of the Union address that, “My fellow Americans, without regard to party, let us rise to the occasion. Let us put aside partisanship and pettiness and pride. As we embark on this new course, let us put our country first, remembering that regardless of party label, we are all Americans. And let the final test of everything we do be a simple one: Is it good for the American people? Let me begin by saying that we cannot ask Americans to be better citizens if we are not better servants.”