Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the united States of America authorizes enumerated powers to Congress. Nowhere in Section 8 of the Constitution is Congress authorized the power to control health care or health care insurance. Yet, the government mandates all individuals in the united States to purchase health care insurance or face the penalty of paying a fine/tax through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare.
Under Obamacare, insurance plans are required to cover certain “mandated” services, meaning individuals will pay for service they do not need. Premiums and deductibles are rising. Some citizens are finding the Obamacare plans unaffordable. But, Republicans refuse to repeal Obamacare without having some type of government Republican plan in place that continues to violate the Constitution.Appearing on The Cats Roundtable on AM 970 in New York, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers pledged to enact patient-centered healthcare as Republicans failed to deliver an option to Obamacare. McMorris Rodgers claims, “We’ve got to write the specific replacement to the Affordable Care Act.” The question is who says a replacement is needed after the repeal of Obamacare?
A Republican plan is going to be no better than Obamacare since it still places government intrusion into the health care, health care insurance, and health of Americans. The Constitution does not authorize Congress or the federal government any power in health care, health care insurance or health of Americans. Yet, Republicans are content and willing to violate the Constitution by continuing government involvement in the health care insurance industry as they complained about the Democrats and the Affordable Care Act.
Both parties have little difficulty violating the Constitution. The Democrats beat the Republicans to the punch on mandating all individuals purchase health care insurance. It goes to show the Republicans are on board with government mandating health care insurance purchase as long as it is their piece of legislation. Otherwise, the ACA would be repealed and no other option brought forth.
McMorris Rodgers stated, “We’ve talked about repealing Obamacare, we’ve taken votes, we’ve put the bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare, but we need to put forward, ‘What is the future of healthcare?'”
She informed host John Catsimatidis that the law, as it is currently written, forces premiums and other costs to increase.
Her suggestion is to offer a tax credit that “would allow individuals or families to go into the marketplace themselves and find the plan they want instead of the government or a bureaucrat making that decision for them.” Additionally, McMorris Rodgers wants to end the FDA’s authority under Obamacare that forces restaurants to include calorie counts for items on the menu.
McMorris Rodgers cited Domino’s Pizza as one business where it is impossible to provide calorie counts for menu items since the chain has 37 million combinations for pizza. Despite Domino’s Pizza providing an app that allows an individual to compute the calorie count for the pizza combination ordered, the FDA refuses to accept the app as meeting their requirement.
Some individuals who would comment might accuse those expecting government to abide by the Constitution as not wanting individuals to have health care insurance. After all, it has been said that people like me “complain about socialism and statism, but when it does your bidding, you loves you some o’dat Big Gub’mint.” Being that governments are instituted among men to secure individual God-given unalienable rights of citizens, it would be nice if government would do “my bidding” and actually perform its purpose.
It would behoove some to read, “Easy-Cheesy Socialist and Free College Degrees,” by Ileana Johnson. It wouldn’t hurt if some reviewed the history of the rise of Mao Zedong in China and his regime reign. There are two good examples of “some o’dat Big Gub’mint” that does the bidding of the bureaucracy or one man while oppressing the people.
When the government can mandate the purchase of any service with a penalty for disobedience, the government is moving further toward oppression, tyranny and “the end all, be all.”