I take exception to most of Roger Adhikari’s article (“Ridiculous arguments against health care reform,” Dec. 2 Tracy Press) — especially the parts where he writes that Republicans are incorrect to state the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for the federal government to pass a national health care reform bill.
Mr. Adhikari is probably correct to state that Congress can pass any law it wants. But that doesn’t mean those in Congress have law on their side when they do it.
Laws and constitutions are very different devices. In the case of the federal Constitution, it clearly states that the federal government can only do those things clearly enumerated as federal responsibilities. And if you try to quote the Commerce Clause, that clause has been used too broadly to try to justify whatever anyone wanted to do something not clearly enumerated elsewhere. If the Commerce Clause was intended for that purpose, you wouldn’t have needed the other enumerated items.
The federal government does not have the right to pass national health care reform. The states would, however, if their state constitutions allow for it.
What people forget is that the federal government really doesn’t have the right to pass national laws in most instances.
As for some of the other issues relating to what is and what isn’t in the health care bills: the devil in this mess is in the details. And yes, passing these bills is taking away personal freedom.
You don’t have to look in the Constitution to find where it says you “lose” something. It isn’t that kind of document. The Constitution just states what the federal government is allowed to do. If the federal government does anything else, chances are someone somewhere is losing something.
I agree something needs to be done about health care. It isn’t fair that people opt out of buying insurance during their statistically safe healthy years, then buy in to the system later. It’s not right. Kind of like placing your bet at roulette wheel after the ball has stopped moving.
I think people ought to choose. And they can choose to opt out. But if they opt out, they stay out — no treatment at all until they pay up and become current on their premiums as if they hadn’t opted out. That makes it rough to take the free ride. That is fair. Harsh, but fair.
It might not be very politically correct. But history — even liberal, biased, dumbed-down history — will probably reach the conclusion that the U.S. fell in part because it wouldn’t undo the damage done by being “PC.”