Today I was reading the Maine Campus and found this gem of an editorial. I honestly couldn’t agree anymore with the author, Jonathan Zappala. This needed to be published and for the benefit of others, I am re-posting it.
Dem’s health care reform bill violates our constitutional rights (Maine Campus, 3.25.10)
Adolf Hitler never received more than 44 percent of the popular vote in Germany, yet he still became chancellor. He was a socialist and used backroom deals with German leaders to come to power. The current health care reform bill is also socialist, and to the surprise of many in the Democratic Party, it is also unpopular.
Last Thursday, a Fox News poll showed 55 percent of Americans are opposed to the bill, and 35 percent are for it. These poll numbers are despite the fact that most network news shows lean toward support of the bill.
Over eight months, Congress has been playing games with releasing what is in the bills, having meetings behind closed doors – which President Obama promised several times would be on C-SPAN – and seeking to pass bills with reconciliation and Slaughter Rule procedures that were not intended for sweeping legislation such as this.
The same Fox News poll shows only 31 percent of Americans think the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were playing by the rules in passing the bill, which might explain why Congress’ approval ratings continue to be low.
Pelosi did it by the book in the end, but not without kickbacks to buy off votes and an executive order “limiting abortion” that really means nothing. Back in October, she was asked by a reporter for CNSNews.com, “Where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?” She brushed off the question without answering it by asking the reporter twice if he was serious before moving onto a different reporter. Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, later issued a statement saying it was ” not a serious question.”
Pelosi and her spokesman are wrong; this is the most important question in the entire health care debate. The current bill mandates every American buy health insurance or get on Medicaid if they meet the requirements. If they don’t, they must pay fines to the IRS, which has been granted the power to enforce the mandate. But the Constitution does not give enumerated or implied power to the federal government to make a person buy something, let alone enforce this with a fine. This would give a requirement to be an American citizen, and it is unconstitutional to have to buy something to be a citizen.
Democrats are quick to point out we have to buy car insurance if we wish to drive. But that is only if we have a driver’s license and vehicle and drive on public roads. Someone who does not have or do these cannot be stopped by a police officer while they are walking down the street and be fined if they do not show proof of car insurance.
After President Obama signs this bill into law, it should be deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Arguments can be made that it violates Fifth Amendment protections and treats states unequally.
If I have it all wrong, and President Obama’s plan is going to make things better in America, I would like to know why it has to be done with backdoor deal-making like the Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback. If it is good for us and we should want this, why couldn’t we have known earlier what was in it?
Secret socialist deals that were supposed to be good for the people led to the rise of Nazi Germany and other totalitarian governments in the world’s history. If our elected representatives will vote for the removal of liberties, I am glad the Constitution still stands in the way to protect them