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  • I Don't Care, You Don't Care, No One Cares for Obamacare

    One year ago, when President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he proclaimed it would lower costs, reduce the deficit, and lift the drag on our economy. Since then, insurance premiums have not dropped; coverage has not increased; over half of the states have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services; and two courts have declared the legislation unconstitutional. Shouldn’t a year be long enough for Obamacare to secure a place in our hearts and minds?

    Not when the bill is an unpopular, unconstitutional legislative behemoth designed to alter Americans’ relationship with the federal government.

    Advocates of Obamacare were utterly disconnected from Americans’ concerns about the bill—most especially their concern that it violated the Constitution.  Nancy Pelosi was surprised when a reporter asked what part of the Constitution justified a mandate on American citizens to purchase a consumer good or service: was this man serious? Her press spokesman later clarified, lest there be any confusion, that constitutional questions were not serious questions.

    But that was not a satisfactory answer for Americans. They pressed Members to articulate the limits of Congress’s power. If it is permissible for Congress to require Americans to purchase health insurance, could it also require the purchase of grapefruits, cars, or homes? Congressman Pete Stark explained that there are no limits on Congress: “I think that there are very few limits that prevent the federal government from rules that would affect your private life… the federal government can do most anything in this country.”

    As Robert Moffit explains in “Why the Health Care Law Has Sparked a National Debate Over First Principles,” Obamacare, at its core, alters the relationship between the individual and the federal government: it undermines liberty and promotes dependency. Indeed, much of Americans’ discontent with Obamacare focused “on the federal imposition of an unprecedented individual mandate to purchase a federally approved health insurance policy, but the law was pregnant with bureaucratic control over one-sixth of the economy, including the minute details of health care financing and delivery.”

    In addition to changing the relationship between the individual and the federal government, it alters the relationship of the states to the federal government. Obamacare is a direct threat to American federalism. It promises to reduce the states to mere instruments of federal health policy.  Specifically, the requirement for state-based health insurance exchanges represents a grave threat to states’ ability to govern. These exchanges serve as the means by which individuals and businesses purchase federally standardized health insurance plans. Such exchanges determine eligibility for government subsidies for insurance, administer the distribution of those subsidies, and facilitate enrollment in Medicaid. If states refuse to set up the exchanges or are unable to do so by 2014, then the Secretary of Health and Human Services will impose them and deprive states of any independent authority to run them. If state officials want to implement something different from the exchanges—perhaps something better—they must request a waiver from the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    At the most basic level, Obama care is not a law. Although both houses passed the same piece of legislation, and the President signed it, there is no rule of action in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What you have is a 2,700 page bundle of delegations to a plethora of existing and soon-to-be-created administrative entities. These agencies, staffed with expert bureaucrats, will create the regulations and rules of action that will govern our lives. As Moffit explains, “we are finding out what’s in the law each and every day, ranging from genuinely odd outcomes to the standard, garden-variety unintended consequences that especially bedevil health policy.” Nancy Pelosi was correct when she predicted that we would only know what was included in the bill once it was passed.

    Americans did not see Obamacare as a fabulous new entitlement with almost magical cost-saving, deficit-reducing abilities. They rightly saw it as a “narrowly partisan, hastily drafted legislative monster affecting every citizen and rushed through a flawed process to meet artificial political deadlines.” This is not the quality of legislative decision-making befitting the American people, their republic, or our first principles.

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    8 Responses to I Don't Care, You Don't Care, No One Cares for Obamacare

    1. Bobbie says:

      The next time the constitution is used to question a government official, tell them it's as serious as their postilion and if they fail to answer correctly, remove that position. WE NEED LEGISLATION ON THIS NOW!

      Please remove this threatening and terrorizing take-over. It was brought in under deception and misrepresentation. Lack of communication causing confusion to ALL.

      It isn't right to be LIVING IN AMERICA under leadership of force. We see his actions not representing America so we feel his despise of us and unfairly deal with the endless complications he is and will continue to put us through! He uses 30 million people as his excuse to lay horrific burdens and take over ALL OF US!? Please stay focused, this is truly a cruel and unusual punishment.

    2. LeeVee, TX says:

      It's not that I don't care for ObamaCare, it's that I detest, can't stand, abhor, loathe, despise, abominate, and in this new age of civility, I even hate the idea of ObamaCare. But, I rant!

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    4. Kevin H, college par says:

      Thank goodness for Obamacare!!!!

      People freaked out over Social Security when it first passed – mainly because the far right and their misinformation and scare tactics – but the truth eventually finds a way.

      Obamacare is the greatest piece of social legislation to be signed into last in 6 decades – thank goodness we have a President who is willign to stand up to special interests!!!!

    5. Georgia says:

      I think the American people ought to be thinking how are we going to pay for it while our prez goes on vacations all the time & leaves others to take care of business. Who is going to be there for you who believe in obamacare. Just stop & think we all will be paying one way or another.

    6. Randy says:

      Kevin,

      Can you tell me one thing Good that Obama Care has generated?

      Before you answer, our hospitals are laying off RN and LPN's for the first time since they opened in the 60's. One of the hospitals have 12 floors, and have shut down one whole floor.

      My employer provides most of the cost on health insurance. The cost we pay went up more this year than in the last 10 years combined. (Need I remind you they pay most of the cost and absorbed most of the increase)

      I have several family and friends that own their business or contractors and pay for their family's insurance… Their insurance cost have went up between 40 and 70% in the last year.

      If you can honestly tell me just ONE good thing… I would love to hear it.

    7. Tommy M. says:

      Kevin H,

      How much money is Social Security in the hole? How much money from other programs does it currently take? Also, how many workers were there for every one recipient of social security back when it was introduced; and how many are there now?

      How did Obama stand up to special interest? Obamacare mandates that every single person buys a product; specifically health insurance. He didn't stand up to special interests, the entire pharmaceutical industry and insurance industry lobbied for the passage of this bill…. And why wouldn't they? Obama just made a couple million people buy their product.

      Obama's glittering generalities and sound-bites quickly fade to nothing when people see the truth written in the 2000 page document.

    8. Hugh Pecon Phoenix A says:

      We need to get back to our constitution. Our founders put together the greatest document to form a government ever, the greatest creation in the history of the planet. Why do we continue to just ignore it? The hard work has been done for us, all we have to do is not become so ignorant of that greatest of documents that we forget what it means. We could solve 99% of all our problems if we would just live by the constitutional government that so many gave their lives to leave us. the founders even gave us a heads up. If we become an ignorant people we WILL lose our liberty. Just sayin…..

      "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."

      James Madison
      http://hughcpeconjrs.blogspot.com/

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