Healthcare Diktat

U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. ...

U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

The Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare – at least part of it. But, where in the Constitution does the federal government, including the Supreme Court, have the authority to even address the subject? The real question is not what is in the Affordable Care Act or what the Federal Supreme Court says about it or what the Department of Health and Human Services does when implementing it. The real question is by what authority are any of them doing this?

Where is it among the enumerated powers of the federal government to dictate our healthcare or how we pay for it? The tenth amendment is clear: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Until recently the power of regulating healthcare and its financing belonged with the people and, to the degree the people of a state wanted it, with the several states.

We do not need an examination of the history of this over-reach of the federal bureaucrats – we need it stopped and we need it reversed. Yes, the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed. Yes, much of that cost is due to better technology and drugs which are more expensive. But, much of the increase is due to government programs that separate the patient from the ability to control payment as well as from the huge costs incurred by providing free medical care to illegal aliens and others. Healthcare providers are being stiffed for their costs and are passing it on to their paying customers. In short, we see how expensive free healthcare can be. Increasing free healthcare will only make all healthcare more expensive.

To a large degree, government caused this problem and federal government action to solve it has only made it worse to the point that they are now dictating who will get what and who must pay. This gets beyond healthcare to the unlimited power of the federal government. What next? Mandatory pet insurance? Why not. If it increases the power of the government over our lives and gives the bureaucrats more government jobs then it is not beyond them to cram it down our throats.

We have only one hope. That hope is that enough state legislatures refuse to allow this travesty to continue. We need states that are willing to stand up to the federal government and re-establish the constitutional limits on that government. Otherwise we have unlimited government and that is not what the American Republic is all about.

  1. Tom Stoffers said:

    We live in a time where government is a hungry wolf seeking to feast on the people they promised to serve . The Affordable Health care act is an example of the wolf feasting on it’s citizens.
    The Supreme Court decided that the mandate was alright because it was considered to be a tax and congress can tax just about anything.

    Lets not forget that this law was passed using parlimentry procedure called reconcilliation. This required only 51 votes instead of the 60 votes that would have been required for such a life changing law. This was at a time the Democrat party had large majorities in both houses.
    The voting was strictly on a partisen basis no Repubican Senator voted for this mess. The Bill was not read before being voted upon.
    The bill was sold to the American public as the penalty for not buying insurance was a monetary fine. President Obama stated many times this was not a tax !

    The Supreme Court decided it was a tax.. Obama and the Democrats have forced the largest tax increase in our nations history and we still have not seen all the requirements this law will impose on the American people.

    Former Kansas Governor(Democrat ) Sebeluis has mandated Catholic organizations must violate there own beliefs to comply with the this new law.

    Let’s remember this law was forced upon the American people by the Democrat party and one of the major players was the Former head of the Kansas Democrat Party K.Sebeluis. Sebeluis still has legislators in the Senate and House that benefitted greatly by her time as Governor
    Let’s move in a direction to get back our independence and move away from a Big Brother form of government .

    Steve Fitzgerald will work to gets us back on track ..

  2. John Nelson said:

    As was stated earlier today by Kathy Ruse at the Rally for Religious Freedom in Topeka, the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare was Constitutional as a tax. They did not rule that it was good law or policy. That said, it is critical that we as voters send the strong message over the next few months into the November election as to what we think good law and policy is. Socialism is not good law and policy. We’ve seen the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern block countries under its financial weight; we are now are witnessing it destroy Western Europe. If we continue down the path we are on, America will crumble under the weight of the entitlement society we are building with our increasingly Socialist government policies. We need folks like Steve in Topeka who understand both business and economics and have a sense of history to stop the irresponsible fiscal nonsense that exists in government today.

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