The CBO stated: “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.” Complete articleAnd another Constitutional Law faculty (retired) says -
I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009.
I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected. Complete articleAnd taking a trip back to the days of Hillary Care -
"Memorandum for Walter Zellman from Sallyanne Payton, clearly marked: Preliminary Draft for Official Use Only. Do Not Quote or Release For Any Purpose, page 4, Health Care Task Reform under Hillary Clinton. Note these sections:
"(b) may the federal government use other actors in the governmental system and the private sector as its agents and give them orders as though they were parts of a prefectorial system? The short answer is "no." State governments are independent, although subordinated, sovereignties, not subdivisions of the federal government."Although the federal government may regulate many of their functions directly [as well, for example, it subjects state water districts to the Clean Water Act], it may not require them to exercise their own governmental powers in a manner dictated by federal law. The states may be encouraged, bribed or threatened into entering into joint federal state programs of various sorts, from unemployment insurance to Medicaid; but they may not be commanded directly to use their own governmental apparatus in the service of federal policy. There is a modest jurisprudence of the Tenth Amendment that seems to have settled on this proposition. See the DOJ [Dept. of Justice] memorandum for a fuller elaboration."
21 March - Just remember that Nancy Pelosi referred to the people (this means anyone not a Member of Congress (MOC) or a Federal government lackey) as "them" in her talking head spot aired on NPR this morning.
Not taking too kindly to Pelosi's condescending attitude toward citizens I am just as offended by another one of Obama's deal creating more of a divide against women and the poor with his abortion deal.
I heard Barry taught Constitutional law and if so he obviously needs remediation. It is prohibited to create classes of recipients in any bill passed by Congress and signed by POTUS. If poor women cannot get abortion help and are unable to purchase insurance to cover it like those that have Cadillac plans, then we have a platform for litigation.
While I am for universal coverage, I am not for the handouts given to PhRMA and Big Insurance so far by Obama, nor am I for MOCs getting a better treatment and access to better insurance that any other citizen of this country. It's just a another class divide.
If elected representatives are elected how is it that they become employees and get all their perks?
Something to think about.