Apr 30 2010
Mandating consumers to purchase services from an industry involved in the formulation of the mandate, with requisite penalties on the consumer for failing to make said purchases, is clearly an example of special interests run amok. That is the main point of this excellent article on how the liberals are trying to force Americans into health care they may not want or need, all to support people who economically have to make tough personal decisions regarding their own health care challenges:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) includes what it calls an “individual responsibility requirement” that all persons buy health insurance from a private company.
It is true that the Supreme Court has interpreted the Commerce Clause broadly enough to reach wholly intrastate economic “activity” that substantially affects interstate commerce. But the Court has never upheld a requirement that individuals who are doing nothingÂ must engage in economic activity by entering into a contractual relationship with a private company. Such a claim of power is literally unprecedented.
When we include the obvious future quid pro quo‘s for the lawmakers who will retire to cushy jobs in those same industries they helped force consumers to spend into, the corruption level reaches a point of nauseating stink.
This is the straw that is breaking the libertarian back of American society. When we also look at efforts to force behavior from DC – for example the new drive to regulate salt content food (what are they going to do, confiscate all the salt and pepper as well) – the country is rapidly concluding DC has too much money and time on their hands and is now in the business of being the big nag.
So what if I want to eat an occasionally calorie soaked cheeseburger? So what if I like to have a drink or cigar? So what if feel like going with catastrophic insurance instead of a full coverage plan? What if I want that Hummer or Ford Excursion? When did we decide DC knew best?
We have actually decided DC is clueless and inept. All the more reason to keep them out of our lives as much as possible. Which is why, after a year of the liberals gone mad and making a botch of everything, the Democrats will be ousted en masse this November. Peggy Noonan nailed it today:
It is not that no one’s in control. Washington is full of people who insist they’re in control and who go to great lengths to display their power. It’s that no one takes responsibility and authority. Washington daily delivers to the people two stark and utterly conflicting messages: “We control everything” and “You’re on your own.”
All this contributes to a deep and growing alienation between the people of America and the government of America in Washington.
Alienated, yes. Ready to correct the problem – most definitely. DC is not the source of fixes, it is the root of our problems. DC is not a wealth of solutions, it is a seeming mass of incompetence and ego. The solution reside outside DC, in the American people. Leave us to our own devices, and we continue to impress the world and make history.