Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty

Unconstitutional to Mandate Commerce by grassroothawaii
December 13, 2010, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Economy, healthcare | Tags: , ,

By Frances Nuar

Who would have thought. A judge in VA ruled today that Obama’s infamous Health Care law is unconstitutional. Funny that the hallmark of the Obama administration violates the founding principles of our great nation. As of just last week, a total of 222 employers, insurers, and unions have been given waivers allowing them to opt out of the new insurance law–many of which were big supporters of the bill originally, but now that it’s come down to affecting their business and bottom line, they are singing a different tune. Most famously the giant McDonald’s threatened to drop coverage for thousands of workers because the costs would be to high. And guess what? They got a waiver. The fact is that for most businesses, it would be cheaper to pay a fine than the costs associated with Obamacare. I thought Obamacare was meant to reduce costs in the health care industry?

The health bill, as most of you know, has a mandate that you must purchase insurance, or you will be fined.  A very audacious jump from the commerce clause to be sure, which is the only glimmer of rationalization it has. The commerce clause states that “Congress shall have the power to regulate Commerce among the several States.” Last I checked, “regulate” does not mean “dictate”, which is exactly what this bill purports to do.

It comes down to this: you should have the freedom to spend your money where you like. Not where the government tells you to spend it.


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