Mar 25 2011
Listen up people – President Obama and his mindless, power-hungry minions have a few short months left to tie us down and remove our freedoms. One area where he is desperate to solidify his liberal schemes is the take over of our nation’s independent and market based health care. Just this week a pliant judge apparently put the finishing touch on a hidden Obamacare ‘feature’ that forces senior citizens into Obamacare, or else lose their Social Security. Worse yet, if they do not enter into Obamacare, they will be forced to pay back all social security benefits received to date:
Yet last week, federal Judge Rosemary Collyer did just that.
The ruling has ominous implications for ObamaCare, enacted one year ago but not yet in full effect: This decision would allow the “health reform” law to become even more Orwellian than it already is, without any action from Congress.
In a case where I served as chief attorney for the plaintiffs, Judge Collyer allowed to stand three internal rules of the Social Security Administration that make receipt of Social Security retirement benefits contingent upon enrollment in Medicare. Plus, a person who withdraws from Medicare would not only have to give up Social Security retirement benefits, but repay all benefits previously received.
All the plaintiffs had paid into Social Security and Medicare throughout their working lives. They were eligible for both programs, but they didn’t want to enroll in Medicare because they had their own savings and health-insurance programs that they preferred.
Indeed, all seniors now must enroll in Medicare, Part A, whether they want it or not. If they don’t, their Social Security retirement benefits will be taken from them.
Now to understand how desperate these bureaucrats are to force people into Obamacare, it is important to understand how illegal this specious penalty is, and how out of bounds the judge’s ruling is.
You cannot be penalized for past actions that were performed under a different set of legal conditions:
An ex post facto law (from the Latin for “from after the action”) or retroactive law is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions committed or relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law. … Ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden by the United States Constitution.
You would think these bureaucrats and the judge would know this basic tenant of US law. In fact, they probably do. The hope is to force so many people off their personally chosen health care and into Medicare (the precursor pool for Obamacare) that they can pull off the fiscal miracle they need. Without these forced ‘beneficiaries’ Obamacare is unable to pay for all its out of control promises.
I find it abhorrent anyone would be this callous and uncaring, but hey – they are liberals. What do we expect from self proclaimed, omnipotent, superior beings!
It is really time to take the gloves off here. This is an illegal act on the part of the administration and a rogue judge. We are going to have to enforce the rule of law on these lawless bureaucrats – or else let America die. When you have the CBO proposing all taxing travel (seems almost communist, doesn’t it) and some idiot state official wanting to tax toilet paper (bringing a whole new meaning to a shitty idea) we have to face facts. We have let politicians and bureaucrats skate around the rules while they impose ever more restrictive ones around our collective necks.
The answer to bloated and expensive government is to cut out the waste – which means everything we could live without.
When the state threatens senior citizens with life ending poverty, a line has been crossed. One of many crossed by the mad liberals now rampant in DC (Libya, Obamacare, Energy, Terrorism, National Debt/Deficits, etc). The House GOP better start getting their act together ASAP. We need hearings to expose all this madness in time for the 2012 election cycle.
Update: Ed Morrissey bores in on the endless stream of ‘dumb ideas’ from DC – like a travel tax. Question: Does that include my mileage on my bicycle trips? How about sail or power boat nautical miles?