It was a little less than a year ago when in defense of Congress passing the unpopular and unconstitutional Healthcare Reform Act (HCR), I heard many people sluff it off with “what does the Constitution matter anyway?” It was enough to set my keyboard on fire. The damage can be read here.
It is a sad day when a free America doesn’t recognize the very foundations of our freedom are at stake every time our Constitutional rights are eroded, and we don’t rise up to protect ourselves from a dangerous government power grab. Have we become that apathetic? Is Greece, or even Egypt, really that far off from future generations’ reality if previous generations do nothing to fight for them?
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
If you think I’m being overly-dramatic, you might want to take the time to watch this – Wheat, Weed, and ObamaCare: How the Commerce Clause Made Congress All-Powerful:
If November’s historic elections weren’t enough to rouse politicians as well as the dispassionate Americans among us that repealing Obamacare is one of the most central issues of our time, perhaps yesterday’s federal court ruling on the matter will. Judge Vinson lays out very definitively in his ruling how the President and Congress have overstepped their bounds in passing such a mandate as to require people to purchase any service or good. He even cites the President’s own argument in his 2008 Presidential campaign against the idea of mandates as proposed by Hillary Clinton, because of the lengths government could go to in requiring people to purchase just about anything. And, because these mandates are inseparable from the rest of the bill, so intertwined into the inner workings of it, like a finely-tuned Swiss watch, as the Judge has compared it to, the entire bill was ruled unconstitutional.
And now, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and others are calling for a cease and desist on implementation of the law, saying that to proceed would be in direct defiance of the Federal Court:
“Congress defied the will of American voters in passing the Act, and now the Administration will defy the Court, spending billions of dollars on implementing the Act while the courts proceed.” – AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D.
In the very least, it would be in the public’s best interest to avoid a long and costly appeals process when this matter will ultimately end up being decided by the Supreme Court anyway. If Congress is serious about saving the taxpayers money and allowing Americans to plan for their future, they will fast-track this to the Supreme Court where it can be decided once and for all and we can begin to tackle our nation’s health care crisis with some real solutions as have been proposed by the GOP since the very beginning of this debate.