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  • Another Congressman Doesn’t See What the Constitution Has to Do with Obamacare?

    Before Obamacare became the law of the land, members of Congress could not escape the question: Does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate? Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) responded that constitutional questions were not serious questions.

    Convinced those constitutional questions were serious, one citizen tried a different tactic and asked Representative Pete Stark (D–CA), “If [Obamacare] is Constitutional, what limitations are there on the federal government’s ability to tell us how to run our private lives?…If they can do this, what can’t they?”

    And it must have been a serious question, since Stark responded: “The federal government can, yes, do most anything in this country.”

    Does “anything” mean forcing religious institutions either to violate their freedom of conscience or pay a hefty fine? Yes, yes it does.

    At a recent town hall, a citizen asked Representative Kathy Hochul (D–NY) where in the Constitution it says that Washington can mandate any private group to offer anything—contraception, Band-Aids, or cancer screenings—for free. Her answer: “Well, basically, we’re not looking to the Constitution on that aspect of it. Basically, the decision has been made by this Congress that American citizens are entitled to health care.”

    There you have it. According to Members of Congress, it didn’t matter that there was no constitutional authority for Congress to enact Obamacare. And it doesn’t matter that Obamacare violates the First Amendment. When Congress decides to do something, nothing can stand in its way—not even the Constitution.

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    5 Responses to Another Congressman Doesn’t See What the Constitution Has to Do with Obamacare?

    1. Richard_FL says:

      In that many of us regular ole taxpaying citizens of the USA DO CARE about what the constitution says, perhaps it is time to roll it out, find the clauses that deal with the impeachment of sitting Congressmen and initiate appropriate proceedings. Given the appartent fact that they don't understand their role in our government, don't care to know and obviously have and continue to violate their respective oaths of office to uphold the Constitution.

      Prison terms seem appropriate to me, plus loss of any future income from their positions and loss of any benefits and pensions for starters.

    2. TaterSalad says:

      Along with all the other cuts to defense, stepping on our religious beliefs and the attack on our gun rights, the President of the United States NOW wants to make our servicemen and women to pay more for their health insurance. Does anyone see the outcome of this and Obamacare in the next couple of years if it is not repealed. Making servicemen pay more for their health-care is unacceptable when these people are pinching pennies now to survive.
      http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2012/02

      Military to pay more but Unions…………NO! http://moonbattery.com/?p=8645

    3. The people "get it". The congress does not. It really is laughable to see the congresswoman desperately try to find the right words to say. The Constitution must come first.

    4. Bobbie says:

      "in my mind there is no conflict!!"" what a selfishly moronic government puppet!!

      In the minds of the American people there is a conflict! It's not the role of government to intrude #1 but to provide for personal health care at the expense of other peoples' health care!!?? when government isn't looking to the constitution, it's further admittance of their incompetence with further insubordination to comply to the will of the people.

      Of course people have a right to health care! A right not defined under government control! It goes without American government saying!! America needs back the private health care once provided with integrity and dignity that's been over regulated by the unconstitutional government, ran out of business by government as government promotes government using the abuse of government authority. Government dependency defeats personal freedom! We want it back!!!!!!!

    5. Mark says:

      Wow. This government is so evil.

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