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Obamacare is being developed by leftist politicians who don't appear to be concerned about technicalities
such as the Constitution. Nothing in the Constitution authorizes the federal government to act as
an insurance company or to manage hospitals. And certainly nothing in the Constitution permits the
federal government to require U.S. citizens to purchase medical insurance.
Obamacare will be mandatory -- and therefore unconstitutional.
Despite what you may have heard, health care is not a right.
Senator Reid shamelessly buys votes
Obamacare carries an odor of corruption.
Obamacare will be mandatory -- and therefore unconstitutional
There's nothing optional about it. Whether you need it or not, you will have to purchase
Obamacare or go to jail.
administration issues regulations for individual mandate. The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday [1/30/2013]
toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing
rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance.
administration issues regulations for individual mandate. The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday [1/30/2013]
toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing
rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance. The Internal Revenue Service and the Health and Human
Services Department emphasized exceptions to the mandate, which were detailed in new regulations that also laid out the process by
which the IRS will calculate penalties for going uninsured.
Trashing Tricare. The Obama administration's proposed defense budget calls
for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers' benefits untouched.
The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is
designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare's state-run insurance exchanges.
Congresswoman Pelosi, We're Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare. Several times during the
debate and deliberation, my mind harkened back to the words of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Remarking
on the original Obamacare bill, Pelosi infamously said that first "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what
is in it." Even more outrageous was another Pelosi observation, especially given the pivotal role of the
Supreme Court. In October 2009, Pelosi was asked by a reporter if the healthcare legislation was constitutional.
Has 'No Idea' If Supreme Court Will Hold Individual Mandate Constitutional. House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) who in 2009 rebuked a reporter for asking her where the Constitution authorized Congress to require
people to buy health insurance — "Are you serious? Are you serious?" she said then — now says she
has "no idea" if the Supreme Court will rule that the mandate is in fact constitutional.
than Just Broccoli: The Real Slippery Slope of ObamaCare's 'Must-Buy' Provision. If ObamaCare is judged
constitutional, it will not simply be a new law, but a precedent for laws of the kind that should trouble all of us.
Obamacare not an enumerated power.
The mandate is more than just unpopular — fully 72 percent of Americans, including 56 percent of Democrats, think
it is unconstitutional.
Back to the Future? When a 1942 Supreme
Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on.
What makes that 1942 case — Wickard v. Filburn — important today is that it stretched the federal government's power so far
that the Obama administration is using it as an argument to claim before today's Supreme Court that it has the legal authority to impose
ObamaCare mandates on individuals.
The Constitution vs. Obamacare.
The Supreme Court this week is hearing arguments about some specific, grave constitutional concerns about Obamacare: most prominently,
whether the federal government has the power to order all Americans to purchase health insurance that meets the federal government's
standards. But it is worth taking a few steps back to remind ourselves that while this requirement is an unprecedented infringement on
Americans' liberty, the legislation as a whole — in its conception, not just its details — is an offense against
constitutional government. As is much of modern government, and conservatives should not shrink from saying so.
Give Me Liberty, Not ObamaCare.
On March 23, 2010, ObamaCare was signed into law — marking a massive down payment by the president on his pledge to
"fundamentally change America." ... With its passage, for the first time in the history of our nation, the federal government
decided it could regulate Americans' inactivity — a sad departure from the limited-government framework our Founders
Obamacare: The reckoning.
Obamacare dominated the 2010 midterms, driving its Democratic authors to a historic electoral shellacking. But since then,
the issue has slipped quietly underground. Now it's back, summoned to the national stage by the confluence of three disparate
events: the release of new Congressional Budget Office cost estimates, the approach of Supreme Court hearings on the law's
constitutionality and the issuance of a compulsory contraception mandate.
Alaska gov: Enacting
health care may violate oath. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday [2/3/2011] he has asked
his attorney general to advise him on whether implementing and enforcing the federal health care overhaul
would put Parnell in violation of his oath of office. ... Parnell told reporters that he took an oath to
support and defend the constitutions of the United States and Alaska.
The Supreme Court Is Not Our Benevolent Dictator.
The clear and inherent constraints of the Constitution would, if applied with intellectual honesty, put an end
to the expansionist vision of the federal government that is essential to the Left's program of statism.
The Left cannot abide applying the Constitution as it is written because this would upend its multipronged
efforts to reshape American government and society at large. There is, for example, nothing in the
Constitution allowing for a federal mandate that all adults purchase health insurance.
Health Care. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights were not written and ratified by the states
for the purpose of allowing congressmen free rein to control every aspect of our daily lives. They were
written for the opposite purpose of leaving Americans free. ObamaCare flagrantly violates that principle.
and the General Welfare Clause. Remember the Cornhusker Kickback? In a frantic effort to
move ObamaCare through the Senate last December, the following provision was added to the bill: Nebraska
was given a $100 million exemption to cover the costs of the bill's dramatic expansion of Medicaid.
The special exemption was ultimately dropped during reconciliation, but not only because of the public outrage
it generated. Many realized it was unconstitutional for a reason that now applies equally to the
health-reform law: Both violate the general-welfare clause.
Casts Doubt on Obamacare's Constitutionality. A report from the Congressional Research Service
(CRS) casts doubt on the two main arguments used by the Obama administration to defend the individual insurance
mandate that is the central component of the controversial health "reform" law. Published on October 15,
the CRS report examines the arguments both for and against the constitutionality of the individual mandate, which
requires every American to purchase government-approved health insurance or else pay a fine.
The Obamacare mandate
is unconstitutional. Thursday's [10/7/2010] decision in Thomas More Law Center v. Obama is a short-term
victory for President Obama's health control law. Yet a close reading of the case suggests that the law may
have a very tough time once it gets before the Supreme Court. The Obama administration's strategy has been
to try to delay the legal cases as long as possible. In order to bring a case in federal court, a plaintiff
must have "standing" — a personal, concrete legal interest, as opposed to a generalized grievance.
The Obama administration asserted that no individual could have standing to challenge the mandate until 2014.
Constitution of No.
When a reporter asked House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) during a press conference last year where the
Constitution granted Congress the authority to enact an individual health-insurance mandate, she answered,
"Are you serious? Are you serious?" Speaker Pelosi then dismissed the question and moved on to
the next reporter. This exchange illustrates the way "yes we can" liberals treat the Constitution:
They simply ignore it when it gets in the way of their big-government bailouts and takeovers.
A Few Legal Queries Into The 'Void'. It would be naughty to ask [Elena Kagan] about litigation heading for
the Supreme Court concerning this: Does Congress have the right, under its enumerated power to regulate
interstate commerce, to punish the inactivity of not purchasing health insurance? So, instead answer
this harmless hypothetical: If Congress decides interstate commerce is substantially affected by the
costs of obesity, may Congress require obese people to purchase participation in programs such as Weight
Watchers? If not, why not?
A Message from Congress: No One Questions Our
Authority. In the history of the United States, Congress has never forced individual Americans
to buy any good or service. That would change if the health care bills approved by either the House or
Senate ever became law. Each would require individuals to buy a health insurance plan approved by the
constitutional malpractice: [Scroll down slowly] This is the radical interpretation of the
Commerce Clause embedded in the health care bill. It is not a power to regulate commercial activity, but
to compel it. The change is unprecedented. All previous Commerce Clause cases have dealt with regulating
pre-existing activity, but if someone is not buying health insurance, there is no commerce to regulate. The
clause has never been used to compel private citizens not engaged in commerce to spend money on a government-mandated
program. This is a new, extreme and potentially dangerous interpretation.
Research Service memo raises fresh constitutional questions about Obamacare. A just-released memo from the
Congressional Research Service (CRS) raises fresh constitutional concerns about a provision in President Obama's health-care
law that could impose tens of millions of dollars in fines on Congress, state and local governments.
Call But Court Will Find Individual Mandate Unconstitutional. The health care bill that Congress passed
recently is now being challenged by 18 states to date. The constitutionality of the bill will be a close call,
with strong arguments on both sides. As former staff director of the bipartisan Commission on the Bicentennial of the
U. S. Constitution, I wish here to present — as impartially as possible — both sides of the
case, believing along with John Stuart Mill that "he who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that."
Guam from Capsizing All in a Day's Work for U.S. Congressmen. Politicians are smart, so just
shut up and get out of their way. But American citizens keep coming up with the oddest objections to
what politicians are trying to do. Representative Phil Hare was explaining how he was using his
miraculous legislative powers to cure all sick people, and do you know what someone asked him? Whether
it was constitutional. What the [heck]? What does that have to do with anything? So Rep.
Hare, quite startled by this idiocy, said, "I don't worry about the Constitution." Why would anyone worry
about the Constitution? If it ever comes up, you just wave your hand and say, "Commerce Clause!" and
that should cover it.
Change ... the Constitution. We live in a fundamentally different country from that which existed
only days ago. The government now requires that every American purchase health insurance. The
Constitution has been attacked, interpreted in a way beyond its original intent. Therefore, we must
the Constitution : The constitutional challenges to ObamaCare have come quickly, and the media
are portraying them mostly as hopeless gestures — the political equivalent of Civil War re-enactors.
Discussion over: You lost, deal with it. The press corps never dismissed the legal challenges
to the war on terror so easily, but then liberals have long treated property rights and any limits on
federal power to regulate commerce as 18th-century anachronisms. In fact, the legal challenges to
ObamaCare are serious and carry enormous implications for the future of American liberty.
vs. the U.S. Constitution: Public support for Obamacare is dismal. ... Nonetheless, Obamacare
is like a quietly rumbling volcano — dormant, but not yet dead. ... Consequently, those who want to
stop this ruinous measure should keep highlighting its shortcomings until this initiative is extinct. Consider,
then, that Obamacare flunks the first test of any potential federal law: It is not constitutional.
CBO: Health Bill Would Force Families to Buy
Insurance. If Congress passes the Senate health-care plan, according to an analysis by the
Congressional Budget Office, American families will be required by federal law to buy a federally approved
health insurance plan that will cost a minimum of $12,000 per year — and, on average, will cost
$15,000 per year — whether their employer or the government helps them with the premium or not.
Gaming The Health Insurance
Mandate. Democrats claim their newly passed health insurance reform will eventually provide
health coverage for more than 30 million uninsured people. Don't bet on it. The key to
achieving that goal, Democrats believe — along with expanding Medicaid and subsidies for buying
coverage — is the individual mandate, which requires individuals to have health insurance or pay a
fine. The mandate is supposed to push nearly everyone into the pool to minimize free-riding on the system.
We Won't Obey 'Illegitimate' Health Care Bill. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is going a step
beyond simply pledging to fight efforts to pass the health care bill — she's openly pronouncing
that people should personally declare it unconstitutional and defy it, depending on how it ends up getting
Rep. Burgess: Government Could Potentially Force
Us to Buy General Motors Products. Representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) told CNSNews.com
that if the mandate in the health care law requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or be penalized
is upheld by the courts, the federal government could mandate anything, such as requiring all Americans to
purchase a General Motors car.
A Manageable People. Obama's
stated logic behind compelling all Americans to buy health insurance was that the system wouldn't work unless
everyone was compelled to be part of it. Conformity is of course is a major requirement for big government
solutions, they don't work unless everyone is forced to take part in them.
Obama's Proposal Includes Individual Health Insurance
Mandate. The health care plan proposed by President Barack Obama on Monday [2/22/2010] includes an individual
mandate requiring every American to have health insurance despite concerns from Republican lawmakers and legal
experts that the provision is not constitutional.
to Congress: 'Don't tread on me.'. On Wednesday [2/17/2010], the Tennessee Senate voted 26-1 to
order that state's attorney general to file a constitutional challenge against any federal legislation that mandates
the purchase of health insurance. Since forcing citizens to buy insurance is at the heart of the so-called
"health-care reform" effort, this kind of challenge could represent a crippling blow to the Obama administration's
Insurance Is Unconstitutional. Federal legislation requiring that every American have health
insurance is part of all the major health-care reform plans now being considered in Washington. Such a
mandate, however, would expand the federal government's authority over individual Americans to an unprecedented
degree. It is also profoundly unconstitutional.
Reform Unraveling. What kind of
country would imprison citizens who felt it was in their best interest not to purchase health care insurance? We
may soon find out.
U.S. House of Presumptuous Meddlers. As an American, I am embarrassed that the U.S. House of
Representatives has 220 members who actually believe the government can successfully centrally plan the
medical and insurance industries. I'm embarrassed that my representatives think that government can
subsidize the consumption of medical care without increasing the budget deficit or interfering with free
Myth of the Moderate Democrat. Don't assume that the 38 Democrats who voted against Nancy
Pelosi's extremist version of health care reform wouldn't have supported it if their votes had been needed.
The days before the final passage on Saturday were not filled with stirring appeals to get Democrats to back
the bill so much as an auction to decide whom to let off the hook.
Obama and Congress Order You to Buy Broccoli? Can President Barack Obama and Congress enact
legislation that orders Americans to buy broccoli? If so, where did they get that authority? What
provision in the Constitution empowers the federal government to order an individual to buy a product he does
not want? This is not a question about nutrition. It is not a question about whether broccoli is
good for you or about the relative merits of broccoli versus other foods. It is a question about the
constitutional limits on the power of the federal government. It is a question about freedom.
Where does the Constitution Authorize Congress to Order Americans to
Buy Health Insurance? [Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick] Leahy, whose committee is responsible for vetting
Supreme Court nominees, was asked by CNSNews.com where in the Constitution Congress is specifically granted the authority
to require that every American purchase health insurance. Leahy answered by saying that "nobody questions" Congress'
authority for such an action.
Pelosi: 'Are You Serious?' When Asked About Constitutional
Authority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not explain where Congress gets the authority to force
Americans to buy health insurance, when asked by CNSNews.com, and dismissed the query with the response, "Are you serious?
Are you serious?"
Rhetorical Tax Evasion.
Chairman Max Baucus's bill includes the so-called individual mandate, along with what he calls a $1,900 "excise tax" if you
don't buy health insurance. ... And, lo, it turns out that if you don't pay that tax, the IRS could punish you with
a $25,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both.
The Editor says...
What this means is that the IRS will be selling health insurance at gunpoint. If you are about to
spend a year in jail on IRS charges, at some point you're going to be surrounded by men with guns.
The Education of Congressman
Hoyer. Congress is moving closer to enacting a law requiring all Americans to purchase health
insurance. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says that this is "like paying taxes." He's right
about that. But Hoyer made this statement as part of an effort to justify the health-care mandate on
constitutional grounds. Here he indicates that he doesn't understand the Constitution that he
took an oath to support. When asked what power the Constitution gives to Congress to enact this
legislation, Hoyer claimed that it came from the Constitution's "general welfare" clause.
of health overhaul questioned. On top of all the other obstacles facing President Obama in his
quest to pass health reform is this one: Does the U.S. Constitution allow the government to require
uninsured Americans to buy medical insurance or impose a tax penalty if they refuse?
health insurance police. A constitutional debate among legal scholars is being waged over a
key provision in the Democrats' health care legislation that poses this question about the freedom to be
an American: Can the federal government force people to purchase medical insurance or pay a tax
if they refuse?
Sen. Hatch Questions Constitutionality of Obamacare.
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who has served in the Senate for 33 years and is a longtime member of the
Judiciary Committee, told CNSNews.com that he does not believe the Democrats' health-care reform plan is constitutionally
justifiable, noting that if the federal government can force Americans to buy health insurance "then there is
literally nothing the federal government can't force us to do."
a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail. Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee
Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that
the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care
bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. In response to the JCT letter, Camp said:
"This is the ultimate example of the Democrats' command-and-control style of governing — buy what
we tell you or go to jail. It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately."
Sen. Reed: Forcing People to Buy Health
Insurance is Constitutionally Justified. When asked where specifically the Constitution
authorized Congress to mandate that individuals buy health insurance, Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) said
that he "would have to check the specific sections" but said that it was like making people "sign up
for the draft."
Sen. Ben Nelson: 'I'm Not Going to Be Able to
Answer That Question'. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told CNSNews.com that because he is not a
constitutional scholar he was "not going to be able to answer that question" of where specifically the
Constitution authorizes Congress to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.
Mandatory Health Insurance is Like States Requiring
Driver's Licenses, Warner Says. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told CNSNews.com that the constitutional
authority for Congress to require individuals to purchase health insurance is the same that allowed for Medicaid
and Medicare, and for states to require driver's licenses. He also said critics who suggest the health
care bill is unconstitutional are making a "spurious argument."
Health Care Freedom. The "reformers" in the White House and the House of Representatives have made all
too plain their vision of the federal government's power to coerce individual Americans to make the "right" health-care
choices. The highly partisan bill the House just passed includes severe penalties for individuals who do not
purchase insurance approved by the federal government. By neatly tucking these penalties into the IRS code,
the so-called reformers have brought them under the tax-enforcement power of the federal government.
Mandating Disaster. Democrats
don't need the public option to engineer a "federal takeover of our health care system." All they need is the
power to force Americans to purchase insurance. A mandate will fundamentally alter the relationship between
Americans and their government. Instead of the government being accountable to them, they will become
accountable to their government. No less than the Congressional Budget Office — a non-partisan
government agency — once admitted as much.
is unconstitutional. As Harry Reid's health care bill moves to the Senate floor, the debate over Obamacare
finally begins in earnest. Shouldn't the Constitution be part of that debate? By what authority, after all,
could Congress force all Americans to buy health insurance?
Praising Saul Alinsky and
Cloward-Piven. The health care juggernaut working its way through Congress is, to any political realist,
virtually unstoppable in some form. We will be yoked under it even if some cosmetic changes are made. Of
course there will also be the unstated understanding that any section that is sacrificed for passage will be resurrected
in the future. One section that won't be cut, I feel sure, is the mandate for individuals to purchase health
insurance, either from private, but heavily regulated, health insurance companies, or from the Federal government.
The current language of the bill, as I understand it, requires this purchase under the threat of fines, or imprisonment.
Unconstitutional Mandate. There is no question that the Supreme Court has upheld extensive
regulation of economic activity through the Commerce Clause, but it has never upheld any requirement by
Congress that an individual participate in economic activity. There is nothing in the Constitution that
allows Congress to punish you if you don't engage in commerce. Liberal law professors and editorial
writers such as Erwin Chemerinsky of UC-Irvine and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post try to gloss
over this point, and won't admit that the Supreme Court has never approved any such requirement.
Why the Personal Mandate to Buy Health
Insurance Is Unprecedented and Unconstitutional. This "personal responsibility" provision of
the legislation, more accurately known as the "individual mandate" because it commands all individuals to
enter into a contractual relationship with a private insurance company, takes congressional power and control
to a striking new level. Its defenders have struggled to justify the mandate by analogizing it to existing
federal laws and court decisions, but their efforts do not withstand serious scrutiny. An individual
mandate to enter into a contract with or buy a particular product from a private party, with tax penalties to
enforce it, is unprecedented — not just in scope but in kind — and unconstitutional as a
matter of first principles and under any reasonable reading of judicial precedents.
Individual Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional. The Senate is debating the future of American
health care, yet one very important issue has yet to get a full and fair debate. Is the individual
mandate that forces citizens to purchase health care insurance a constitutional power of the federal government?
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) was asked this question, she answered with the non sequitur "are you
Mandate: Is It Constitutional? Congress is currently considering national health
care reform legislation that will fundamentally change the health care industry in the United States.
Critics have alleged that the reform proposals may be unconstitutional, especially the proposed individual
mandate requiring nearly every American to purchase insurance or face a penalty. While an individual
mandate has been considered before, no such proposal has ever come so close to being enacted into law.
The Editor says...
Chances are, the government won't send anyone to prison (or to FEMA camps) for failure to buy Obamacare
insurance. More likely, the government will make your life so difficult that you will eventually
comply. You will end up on a list of non-conformists, and you'll find it difficult to get into any
federal building, and impossible to get an airline ticket or renew your driver's license. (Someday
the same treatment will be given to those who refuse to carry
a National ID Card.) It sounds a lot
like what you would expect from
a Chicago thug: You'd better buy my
insurance, or something bad will happen to you.
Sen. Landrieu Declines to Say Where Constitution
Authorizes Mandatory Health Insurance. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told CNSNews.com she would
leave it up to the "constitutional lawyers" to explain exactly where Congress gets the constitutional
authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, the central mandate in both the Senate and House
health care bills.
Sen. Akaka Says 'I'm Not Aware' of Constitutional
Authority for Mandatory Health Insurance. When CNSNews.com asked whether the Constitution
gives Congress the authority to make Americans buy health insurance, Sen. Akaka said: "I'm not aware
of that, let me put it that way. But what we're trying to do is to provide for people who have needs
and that's where the accessibility comes in, and one of the goals that we're trying to present here is to
make it accessible."
Sen. Merkley: Mandatory Health Insurance is
Part of Congress's 'Very First Enumerated Power'. CNSNews.com asked Merkley: "Specifically
where in the Constitution does Congress get its authority to mandate that individuals purchase health
care?" Merkley said: "The very first enumerated power gives the power to provide for the
common defense and the general welfare. So it's right on, right on the front end." Before
CNSNews.com could ask a follow-up question, Merkley's press secretary pulled him away, apparently to
attend an event.
Sen. Lincoln: Congress Can Force Americans to Buy
Health Insurance. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) told CNSNews.com that Congress has the authority
to force individual Americans to buy health insurance because the U.S. Constitution "charges Congress with the
health and well-being of the people." The words "health" and "well-being" do not appear anywhere in the
Sen. Conrad 'Assumes' Constitution's Commerce Clause Gives
Congress Power. Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) told CNSNews.com that he does not know specifically
where in the Constitution Congress is given the authority to require that Americans buy health insurance, as
mandated in both the Senate and House health care bills, but Conrad said he assumes the power is granted
through the Constitution's Commerce clause.
Sen. Burris Cites Unwritten Constitutional 'Health'
Provision. When asked by CNSNews.com what specific part of the Constitution authorizes
Congress to mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) pointed
to the part of the Constitution that he says authorizes the federal government "to provide for the health,
welfare and the defense of the country." In fact, the word "health" appears nowhere in the Constitution.
The Editor says...
Obviously, when confronted with tough questions, the Democrats are just making up answers
on the spot, revealing their collective ignorance in the process.
Refuting the "Health Insurance - Auto
Insurance" Analogy. It has been said, even by some law professors, that Congress can force
Americans to buy health insurance because ...well, everybody knows that the "government" can force
us to buy auto insurance. Read on, and I will show you how such statements constitute a
serious assault on "federalism" and our constitutional Republic.
Senate Health Care Bill Would Force $15,200 Yearly Insurance
Fee, According to CBO. Forget the public option. Even without it, the health care bill
presented in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) would make some middle-class American families
pay what amounts to a $15,200 annual federally-mandated insurance fee, according to facts revealed in analyses
published by the Congressional Budget Office.
Conservative Leaders Against
the Unconstitutional Individual Mandate. Mandating that individuals must obtain health insurance,
and imposing any penalty — civil or criminal — on any private citizen for not purchasing
health insurance is not authorized by any provision of the U.S. Constitution. As such, it is unconstitutional,
and should not survive a court challenge on that issue. Supporters of the legislation have incorrectly
contended that the legal justification for the mandate is authorized by the Commerce Clause, the General
Welfare Clause, or the Taxing and Spending Clause. Given that this mandate provision is essential to
Obamacare; its unconstitutionality renders the entire program untenable.
The Editor says...
Don't get too confident that the Supreme Court will naturally find Obamacare to be unconstitutional, especially
if he can put another couple of leftists on the court before this question comes up. Remember, President
George W. Bush signed "campaign finance reform"* into
law assuming the Supreme Court would throw it out, and of course, they didn't, and we're stuck with it.
to health bill's constitutionality fails, 39-60. A challenge to the Senate health bill's
constitutionality failed on Wednesday afternoon in a party-line vote. Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and
Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) point of order arguing that the Senate bill is unconstitutional under the Interstate
Commerce Clause and Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution failed in a 39-60 vote. The vote was the
first in a series Wednesday afternoon as senators prepared to invoke cloture for final passage of the
Senate's health bill.
Vote on bill's constitutionality is likely meaningless. Senate Republicans' plan to vote on the
constitutionality of the healthcare bill probably won't mean much, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) conceded
Wednesday [12/23/2009]. The point of order on which senators will vote this afternoon challenging the
constitutionality of the Senate's health reform bill isn't likely to sway courts, Grassley said.
Whores... I mean Senators march the
Health Bill forward. Regardless of the last minute tricks and changes, we can pretty well
count on the fact that abortions will be paid for; health care rationing will occur, targeting our
seniors; Doctors will be paid whatever the Government says they will be paid; Insurance companies will
be forced to raise their rates and will increasingly not be able to compete against the rigged and controlled
prices; and my personal favorite: We will all be forced by the Federal Government to have health
care or be fined and sent to prison.
Me Liberty, or Give Me Obamacare. Obamacare would require Americans to buy government-approved
health insurance. It would make it illegal to offer choices in insurance plans beyond the handful of
very similar ones that the government would allow. ... At its core, what Obamacare really means is a loss of
freedom. Obamacare would significantly diminish Americans' freedom to control the fruits of their own
labors and to spend them as they choose and as they think best.
Epstein: The Reid Bill Is Blatantly Unconstitutional. At PointOfLaw.com, the distinguished
University of Chicago constitutional scholar Richard Epstein provides a painstaking, withering analysis of the
healthcare legislation wending its way through the Senate. He concludes that it is clearly
unconstitutional. The essay is lengthy and, in places, complex; but it is brilliantly done,
accessible, and compelling.
Reid Bill is Unconstitutional. Senator Orrin Hatch has long urged that the legislation is
unconstitutional for its overreaching on individual choice. This paper focuses on the constitutional
question in the ratemaking context, by comparison to analogous regulations in the context of public-utility
Health Care Not In Constitution.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says it comes under the Commerce Clause. Rep. Steny Hoyer says it's mandated by the "general
welfare" clause. Despite liberal wishes, health care is not a right. The "living Constitution"
that Democrats and their court appointees have given us may be the death of our freedoms. Their
constitution adapts to the times and serves the whims of the elitists. The Constitution is supposed to
limit government powers. It does not allow government to do anything it feels like doing.
Mandating Health Insurance Contradicts 'Normally
Considered' Limited Role of Gov't. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that mandating
that individuals purchase health insurance may be a "violation" of the Constitution, and that it contradicts
what he thought the "limited" role of the government was understood to be for "centuries."
Sen. Bob Casey: Health Care Mandate
Constitutional But Not Sure... Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) said he was not sure if there is
a "specific constitutional provision" that gives Congress the authority to mandate that all Americans have
health insurance. Casey asserted, however, that the initiative was constitutional.
Boehner: 'I Think It's Wrong to Mandate the
American People to Have to Do Anything'. When asked by CNSNews.com on Thursday where the
Constitution authorizes Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance — a mandate
included in both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill — House Minority
Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said that he was "not a laywer" but that he thought such
mandates were wrong.
Alaska Senator Begich Doesn't Say Where Congress Gets
Authority. When asked, Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) did not say where Congress gets the
constitutional authority to require that Americans purchase health insurance, as both the Senate and House
health care bills mandate. He instead said that the issue was "just more stall tactics" used by
Republicans to hold up Senate passage of the legislation.
Sen. Sanders: Constitutional Authority 'Probably'
Same As Medicare. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNSNews.com that the constitutional
provision that empowers the government to run Medicare and Medicaid is "probably" where Congress gets
the authority to require Americans to buy health insurance, as both the Senate and House health care
bills would mandate.
Sen. Nelson: Constitutionally, Congress Can 'Probably'
Mandate Health Insurance. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Wednesday [12/23/2009] that Congress is
given the constitutional authority to mandate that individuals buy health insurance in "probably the same
place" that states get the power to mandate that people purchase auto insurance.
Is the mandate
to buy health insurance constitutional? Ilya Somin writing at Volohk Conspiracy fleshes out
what is sure to be a court challenge against the constitutionality of individual or business mandates to
purchase health insurance. His point — there is no "consensus" among constitutional
scholars on the issue.
Sen. Lautenberg Declines To Say Where Congress Gets
Constitutional Authority. At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 22, CNSNews.com asked Senator
Lautenberg, "Specifically where in the Constitution does Congress get the authority to mandate that individuals
have health insurance?" Lautenberg said, "I am not going to answer that," and then walked away.
Sen. Hutchison: 'No Place in Constitution' Gives
Congress [that] Authority. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said there is "no place in the
Constitution" that grants Congress the authority to require that Americans purchase health insurance, as both
the Senate and House health care bills do. She added that the health care bill recently passed by the
Senate is a "trampling of individual rights."
White House to State AGs: No 'Legitimate
Constitutional Concerns' in Senate Health Care Bill. The White House on Tuesday [1/5/2010]
dismissed the concerns of 13 state attorneys general about the constitutionality of a clause in the
Senate health care bill that singles out Nebraska for special treatment when it comes to covering the cost of
expanding Medicaid coverage. While stating that he had not read a letter from the attorneys general
about the issue, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs nonetheless told CNSNews.com, "I do not believe
that anybody has legitimate constitutional concerns about the legislation."
Bill Could Face String of Legal Challenges. Organizations and lawmakers opposed to the health
care reform package are getting their legal briefs in a bunch, threatening to challenge the constitutionality
of the sweeping overhaul should it make its way to President Obama's desk.
GOP AGs may sue over health bill.
On the eve of an historic Senate health care reform vote, more than half of the Republican state attorneys
general have organized to provide a legal analysis of the constitutionality of a controversial provision
in the Senate bill and to explore potential legal challenges.
Congressmen Who Want to Force Americans to Buy Health
Insurance Are Defying the Constitution. Both the House and Senate versions of the health-care
reform bill would force all individuals who are citizens or legal residents of the United States to buy
health insurance or else pay a fine, even though the Congressional Budget Office has reported that the
federal government has never before required Americans to buy any good or service.
Health Care and
the Ailing Constitution. Here's the question I didn't get a chance to ask President Obama when
he stopped by Montana recently. So far as I know, no one else has asked it of him either: "If the
federal role in health care is not enumerated in the Constitution, and it isn't, then shouldn't it be reserved
to the states or the people as guaranteed by the 10th Amendment?"
Is Government Health Care Constitutional?
The Supreme Court created the right to privacy in the 1960s and used it to strike down a series of state and
federal regulations of personal (mostly sexual) conduct. ... If the government cannot proscribe -- or
even "unduly burden," to use another of the Supreme Court's analytical frameworks -- access to abortion,
how can it proscribe access to other medical procedures, including transplants, corrective or restorative
surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, or a myriad of other health services that individuals may need
is a threat to liberty. Congress is ignoring the Constitution by requiring all Americans to buy
health insurance and ordering states to establish health benefit exchanges to run the new federal healthcare
Health-Care Plan Will Hurt More Than Help. The Obama health-care takeover plan is an enormous,
unconstitutional expansion of the federal government. It will cost the American taxpayer at least
$1 trillion, and perhaps closer to $2.5 trillion. President Obama's plan heavily taxes those
who provide the products, services and payment for health care — including drug makers, insurance companies,
medical device manufacturers and employers who pay for most of the nation's health care. All this raises
Constitution: Another Victim of Obamacare. Reports have come out today [3/12/2010] that
the Parliamentarian has not ruled that the President must sign a law before it is considered a law for
reconciliation purposes. First, they came up with a strategy to get Obamacare passed in the House
without the House ever voting on the bill, now they have come up with a strategy and a ruling to get the
Obamacare bill to qualify as law without the President signing the law.
Procedure Being Used to Pass Unconstitutional ObamaCare. House leaders are preparing to ram
through ObamaCare this week without a vote. Not only is the legislation unconstitutional, but the
process being used to pass it is unconstitutional. ... This procedure is going to be debated extensively
this week and may be the key issue as to whether President Obama signs legislation to provide a de facto
government-run health care system.
The Truth About Progressives — aka
Marxists: To fully understand the progressive movement and their current rush to grab
one-sixth of the US economy via unconstitutional federal health care mandates, one must follow the trail
that leads from the Maoist Movement of the 60s that started in Berkley California, and the Marxist Movement
that has culminated in the joint venture between the Communist Party USA and Socialist Party USA, today's
Democratic Socialists of America.
An unconstitutional solution.
Michael McConnell, a law professor at Stanford and a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth
Circuit, argues that the "Slaughter solution" for enacting Obamacare is unconstitutional. The argument,
which appears in the Wall Street Journal, is straightforward. ... McConnell's argument seems unassailable.
The problem is getting a court to entertain the argument, if we get to that point.
No bill can become law unless the exact same
text is approved by a majority of both houses of Congress.
Health-Care Vote and the Constitution: Democratic congressional leaders have floated a
plan to enact health-care reform by a procedure dubbed "the Slaughter solution."
says her solution is 'constitutional'. Emerging from a meeting with Democratic leaders in House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office today [3/16/2010], House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
discussed the constitutionality of the "self-executing rule" she has condoned. This particular procedure
could be used to "deem" the Senate version of the health care legislation passed in the lower chamber without
members voting on the actual health care bill.
Slaughter Rule: Yet Another Reason Obamacare Would Be Unconstitutional. As written, the
current health care bill before Congress already is guaranteed to face serious constitutional challenges on
enumerated powers, 5th Amendment, racial discrimination, and unequal state treatment. Now the White House
seems determined to add a whole new reason courts will throw out Obamacare on sight. Director of the
Stanford Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and former-federal judge Michael McConnell explains...
Supreme Court rule unconstitutional law passed with Slaughter Solution? Democrats in Congress
might want to re-read the 1998 Supreme Court decision Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417
before moving forward with the Slaughter Solution to pass President Obama's health care reform bill. ... The
reason, according to Amy Ridenour at the National Center Blog, is that the Justice John Paul Stevens
articulated in the majority opinion the precise rationale for a similar ruling against legislation
passed using the Slaughter Solution.
Rules. We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught
that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this
week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely "deem" that the House has passed the Senate
health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.
Slaughter Rule Unconstitutional.
Stanford Professor Michael McConnell, writing in the Wall Street Journal, argues that the Slaughter Rule end
run is unconstitutional.
What Democrats Think of
the American People: Democratic leaders in the House are apparently moving towards the "Slaughter
Solution" of avoiding a direct vote on the health care legislation and instead passing the Senate health care
bill by voting to "deem" it passed. As they do so, they keep reassuring the media — and each
other — that the American people don't care.
I Will Not
Comply. If the House fails to hold a straightforward vote on the Senate bill that was passed
a couple of months ago, that bill can neither become law nor be amended by future congressional action. It
will have died. There will be no ObamaCare bill, no new taxes or regulations, and no unconstitutional
mandate that Americans buy health plans approved by politicians. The president and his allies may claim
otherwise, but that won't change the reality of the situation. If they command the rest of us to pretend
they have passed the bill, I will not comply. You shouldn't, either.
20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms: You are young and
don't want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one
way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the
"privilege." (Section 1501) You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that
reflects that status? Tough. You'll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but
also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor.
That's because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person's
health status. (Section 2701).
Government can't force
people to buy insurance they don't want. It is not part of my job as Colorado Attorney General
to tell our Congressional delegation how best to reform the nation's health care system. And I don't
see it as my role to opine whether the Patient Protection and Affordability Health Care Act is good public
policy. It is my job however, to defend states' rights and the constitutional rights of Colorado
citizens when the federal government oversteps its bounds.
Indiana's GOP Governor Mitch Daniels: 'I Don't
Know' If ObamaCare is Unconstitutional. Mitch Daniels, Indiana's Republican governor, said he
does not know whether the new health care bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is constitutional.
Many Republican members of Congress have said the legislation is unconstitutional and 20 state attorneys
general have joined a lawsuit led by Florida challenging the law's constitutionality.
Is Obamacare Constitutional? The
attorney generals in several states are mounting a constitutional attack on Obamacare. The focus of that
attack is the claim that the Commerce Clause in the Constitution cannot be stretched to mandate that individuals
be required to purchase health insurance.
Penalty for Not
Buying Insurance Isn't a Penalty, Says Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee. [Scroll down] "You're
not punished if you have health insurance, in fact. And so you are, in fact, incentivized to have health
insurance, rather than take the negative which is to suggest that because we have a penalty you are being
punished," Rep. Jackson-Lee said. "I am helping you. I am helping you not to have 26 percent
un-insurance in the state of Texas. I'm helping children be insured. I'm helping diverse minorities
be insured," said Rep. Jackon-Lee.
The Editor says...
Awwww... Big Brother is just trying to help. We should all learn to love Big Brother.
Why Broccoli Matters. The
broccoli issue is not about regulating the food market. It's about the uniqueness of the health care market, an
observation frequently made by ObamaCare supporters in an attempt to establish a limiting principle. The argument
goes like this: because non-participants in the market (i.e., "free riders") present a risk that must be accounted
for, it is appropriate to require these individuals to enroll for coverage or pay a penalty. But the uniqueness
of the health care market is precisely why the mandate should not stand.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Despite what you may have heard, health care is not a right.
When Did Everything
Become A Right In This Country? I was watching T.V. the other day, when a story came up about Obama-Care, on the screen
was a liberal saying, "at least, health care is now a right." As I sat there I said to myself, Just what we need another right in
this country, I mean really, it seems everything is a right these days. [...] No one owes you a house, a job, a bank account, or a
successful life. You want those things? Go get 'em. If you are not happy with your life, it is up to you to change it.
Human Rights: A Governmental Power Grab. [Scroll
down] This brings us to a dangerous scenario associated with human rights. Namely, the way governments can use them as a justification for
reaching deeper and deeper into the daily lives of their citizens. A great example of this can be seen in the way President Obama and his
surrogates couched many of their arguments for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, in the language of human rights. According to them,
health care is a human right which, in turn, justifies putting a system into place whereby every American has health care coverage.
Atrocious punctuation in original.
Pelosi: Obamacare Is 'A Right'. House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her Thursday [6/7/2012] press briefing that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act —
AKA Obamacre — is not a privilege but "a right." At the same time, Pelosi also said Social Security and Medicare
Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, 'You Believe In Slavery'. "With regard to the idea
of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It's not an abstraction.
I'm a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in
slavery. It means that you're going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who
cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses."
Is Liberalism a
Religion? I've concluded that for some people on the left, political beliefs are like a false
religion in which the parishioners become unable to distinguish myth from reality. How else can you explain
the statements of Donald Berwick, President Obama's recess appointee to run Medicare and Medicaid, on his way
out of office the other day? For starters, he claimed that the Affordable Care Act (what some people call
ObamaCare) "is making health care a basic human right." Then he went on to say that because of the new law,
"we are a nation headed for justice, for fairness and justice in access to care."
Give Me Liberty or Give
Me Health. In the December 15 issue of America's most prestigious medical pubication, The Journal
of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Eric Friedman and Eli Adashi write, "In passing The Affordable Care Act,
the United States took a giant, if partial, step toward joining nations wherein the right to health constitutes
an inalienable moral and legal right." Notice how the authors replace the term health care with just the
term health. As a medical doctor, I strongly disagree that health is or should be a human right.
The 'Right to Health
Care' Can Be the Right to No Care. If you read British newspapers, you know their universal
health care system is cutting more and more services. There, everyone's right to health care is
becoming the right to no care. Do we want that in the USA?
Insurers Need Permission to Survive; Citizens, to Live. Suppose our government declared that
everyone had the "right" to a nice steak dinner. The government would require restaurants to sell
$50 steak dinners to all comers. But to keep prices affordable, restaurants could only charge $25.
No restaurant could survive long under such a scheme, and most Americans would be outraged at such a blatant
violation of restaurant owners' rights.
Health care is a service, not a
right. Much of the debate over health care policy begins with two mistaken notions, first that
health care is different than other goods and services and therefore does not respond to normal economic rules,
and second that it is "too important" to be entrusted to the anonymous forces of markets. ... A "right to health
care" does not appear in the U.S. Constitution or its Bill of Rights, or in any state constitution, or in the
writings of the Founding Fathers or the British intellectual tradition they drew their inspiration from.
This was not an oversight.
Blame the Bishops. A lot is being
said and written about why national health care legislation is becoming a reality. The simple fact,
available for all to see, is that the U.S. Catholic Bishops ensured passage of the bill in the House, enabling
the Senate to move forward with its version. Like "progressive" strategist Robert B. Creamer, the Bishops
believe that health care is a right to be guaranteed by government.
Give Me Liberty or Give
Me Social Justice. Americans on both left and right are unhappy with the current health care
reform bills. The left is upset because neither the House nor Senate version goes far enough towards
putting government firmly in control of our medical decisions, with the goal of providing equal coverage for
all no matter what the price. The right is upset because we see the bills' provisions as unwarranted
intrusions on our liberty that create a "right" where none existed before. We believe that reform would
be better handled by fostering competition in the private sector rather than increasing government
intervention in vital decisions that should remain between doctor and patient.
How do you spell
"Chutzpah"? [Scroll down] Something else that needs to be stressed is that medical
care is not a right. It is a service. When your toilet breaks, you call a plumber. He
comes and fixes it. Then he gives you a bill. Why should it be different when you break your
arm? Of course, we live in a compassionate society: if you break your arm and go to a hospital
emergency room you will be treated even if you haven't got a sou (or a euro).
The Obama 4 year
plan to re-make America. [Scroll down] The current administration insists on highlighting
this country's presumed moral obligation to support the contentious alternative of a Public Option contained
in the President's Health Care bill, since it believes that — except for the unborn — optimum
health is the inalienable right of every person.
Conyers to Introduce Constitutional Amendment Making
Health Care a 'Right'. During his speech at a recent National Press Club luncheon, House
Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said he is introducing a constitutional amendment that would
establish health care as "a right" for all Americans. "We need a real serious bill and, by the way,
the fundamental question, 'Is health care a constitutional right?'" he said. "I mean, do you have a
right to health care in the American system of government or not?"
Is there a 'right' to medical care? Do
you have a "right" to medical care? Is medical care free? Does it grow on trees? If you don't pay
for your own medical care, do you have a "right" to get medical care at other peoples' expense? Do you have a
"right" to have other people forced to pay for your medical care?
Opposing Obama is Satan's work? A "right" to health
care means the state must compel more than just payment. It must compel medical care providers to
render their services regardless of compensation or any other consideration. If someone has a "right" to
medical care, then a physician may not deny any care for any reason. Doing so would be an infringement
of the patient's "rights."
What Would the Founders Think of
ObamaCare? Is health care a "right?" The liberal wing of the Democratic Party has long sought to
make it so, and they may be on the verge of achieving their goal. Legislation currently winding its way through
Congress would effectively make health care (or more properly, health insurance) open to every American citizen via
government subsidized dispensation. Of course, no such "right" is enumerated in our founding documents — or
A Right That's Wrong. Of the
many objectionable provisions in the House's latest medical insurance bill, none is as destructive or morally offensive
as the one that declares health care to be a "right."
Health Care A "Right"? Not According to Governments Who Run Health Care. When I'm speaking publicly
on health reform, people sometimes ask: "Do you think that health care is a human right?" My answer
is: "Yes, I believe that you have a right to spend your own money on health care of your choice, free of
government interference." This prompts a moment of reflection in those who understand the difference between
a culture in which people take care of each others' needs as members of a civil society, versus one in which we
surrender our liberty to unlimited control of our health-care resources by government agents.
Is Wrong. When Sen. Ted Kennedy, valiantly fighting brain cancer, took the stage at the Democratic
convention on Monday night, he made it clear that he is now on a mission that cannot be completed unless he
returns to the Senate next year — with Barack Obama in the White House. Kennedy's quest is to
socialize medicine in America.
people's veto: Has its time come? Sen. Harry Reid said not long ago that Congress was "declaring"
health care to be a right, but Reid would do well to study the foundational document of American liberty. In
the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness." Rights are not granted or created by the legislature or the king, but by God.
Health Care A Right? More
Like A Wish. True rights, such as those in our Constitution, or those considered to be natural
or human rights, exist simultaneously among people. That means exercise of a right by one person does
not diminish those held by another. In other words, my rights to speech or travel impose no obligations
on another except those of noninterference. ... For Congress to guarantee a right to health care, or any other
good or service, whether a person can afford it or not, it must diminish someone else's rights, namely their
rights to their earnings.
to America: Bend Over and Cough. Americans resoundingly reject ObamaCare. What, then,
accounts for the Democrats' determination? Democrats believe health care is a right. Start with
that premise and everything else makes complete sense.
Natural Law and the
'Right' to Health Care. Is there a "right" to health care? The U.N., the EU, and now the
U.S. Congress are on record as taking the affirmative on this question. The basic rationale is that the
fact of everyone's needing health care (true) translates directly into everyone's having a right to it
(false). ... In sum, one can either believe in the "right" to health care or the Constitution's foundation
in natural law. It is impossible to believe in both.
Brother, You Ain't My Keeper.
Barack Obama has tried to seize the moral high ground in the health-care debate, declaring in a conference call with
religious leaders that government-provided health care is required by "a core ethical and moral obligation: that
is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper." Well, I have news
for the president: Brother, you ain't my keeper.
Basic Human Right to Obamacare? Under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
the United States for the first time joined the U.N.'s Human Rights Council. The U.S. has long steered
clear of this council, reluctant to participate in a "human rights" body that despots like Syria and Libya
Jackson Lee: Obamacare is a Consitutional Right. The second a massive, unpopular government
entitlement program enters its implementation phase, it instantaneously transforms into a sacrosanct
Constitutional right. That's the word from noted Constitutional scholar Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
Sheila Jackson Lee Says Repealing
ObamaCare Violates Constitution. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said on Tuesday
afternoon [1/18/2011] that repealing the national health care law would violate the Constitution. Arguing
that the Commerce Clause provides the constitutional basis for ObamaCare, Jackson Lee said repealing the law by
passing Republicans' H.R. 2 violates both the Fifth Amendment's right to due process and the Fourteenth
Amendment's equal protection clause.
Reid, Pelosi and Obama shamelessly buy votes
The Louisiana purchase:
The $100 Million
Health Care Vote? On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal
Medicaid subsidies for "certain states recovering from a major disaster." The section spends two pages
defining which "states" would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that "during the
preceding 7 fiscal years" have been declared a "major disaster area." I am told the section applies to
exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard
to get on the health care bill.
Medicaid Deal Hurts Middle Class Taxpayers Everywhere. I know politics is the art of the possible and
compromise is key. But I'm sickened by the taxpayer cash being doled out as "walking around money" to lure
Democrats into the healthcare fold.
Erbe Shockingly Bashes Mary Landrieu's $100 Million Bribe. U.S. News and World Report's Bonnie Erbe
came down strongly Friday [11/20/2009] on the $100 million "bribe" given to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in
the Senate's healthcare reform bill. What makes this shocking is Erbe's consistently far-left leaning
views regularly reported by NewsBusters.
Kyl spar over so-called 'new Louisiana Purchase'. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) sparred
over the provision inserted into the healthcare bill that some say was crucial in attracting centrist Sen. Mary Landrieu's
(D-La.) key vote on Saturday night's procedural motion.
How the Unions are "Getting Well". It's already being called the "Second Louisiana Purchase," but
the sad truth is that a controversial payoff to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's home state of Louisiana is among the
smallest of the thinly-disguised bribes and kickbacks that are being offered in Washington D.C. to secure
passage of President Barack Obama's socialized medicine proposal.
Scarlett O'Hara (D., Ark.). [Blanche] Lincoln, the last holdout, didn't want to be on the record
as the one Democrat who killed Sen. Harry Reid's legislation tonight. Though voting to move the debate
forward, she left herself little wiggle room for the future. As indicated in her floor speech and
comment to reporters today [11/21/2009], she said would not vote in favor of a final bill that contained
a public option and would even support a filibuster.
Obama's Communists Now Ruling the USA.
In order to end cloture, Reid actually had $300 Million for Louisiana written into the Senate's ObamaCare
Death Plan version to buy Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) vote. It worked. Landrieu even
bragged about it.
The Chicago Way.
If the Democrats' stitched-together Frankenstein monster of health care reform gets the 60 votes
to get through the Senate, it will have been done through an assortment of bribes and brass
knuckles. ... In what has been called the second Louisiana Purchase, that state's senator
Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, was given a $300 million sweetener for her health care vote.
To Vote For Healthcare In Exchange For Medicaid Payments To Nebraska. Not that this will
come as any great shock, but Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the lone Democrat holdout against the current
iteration of healthcare reform, announced Saturday [12/19/2009] he will vote for the bill. Also
unsurprising: much like Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu (D-La.) before him, Nelson sold his
vote and his very soul for some financial benefits to his state.
Ben Nelson's Medicaid
deal. Sen. Mary Landrieu got the "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal
government to pick up most his state's future Medicaid tab — forever. As part of the deal to win
Nelson's support, the federal government will pay for Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients. It's a
provision worth about $45 million over the first decade.
Accused of Selling Vote on Health Bill for Nebraska Pay-Off. What started as Sen. Ben Nelson's
personal stand against covering abortion with taxpayer money translated, somehow, into millions of dollars in
federal aid for his home state — drawing criticism that his vote was bought.
vote triggers firestorm. Sen. Ben Nelson's dramatic decision Saturday [12/19/2009] to vote
for enactment of historic health care reform ignited a predictable firestorm. Nelson negotiated a
number of concessions that will strengthen health care services in rural Nebraska and lift an expanded
Medicaid funding burden from the state. But the anti-abortion funding language in the agreement
leading to his support triggered some political dynamite.
Abortion foes 'stunned'.
By declaring he will vote for the Senate health care bill, Ben Nelson touched off a firestorm of criticism
Saturday [12/19/2009] on abortion. Nebraska Right to Life said it had been "betrayed" by the Nebraska
Democrat, long an abortion opponent, who agreed to support compromise language on abortion.
his 60 votes for Obamacare — the Chicago Way. Senator Ben Nelson agreed to support
this massive healthcare restructuring plan which no one besides a few Democrat senators has even seen.
The price for his support was 100 percent coverage of increases in Medicaid costs for his home state resulting
from the legislation — now and forevermore. It amounts to a flagrantly unconstitutional subsidy to Nebraska with
taxpayer dollars from the other 49 states.
Democrats. You own Obamacare. It took hundreds of millions of dollars in bribe money to
win over Sens. Mary Landrieu, of Louisiana, Ben Nelson, of Nebraska, and Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, (plus
even more millions for a senator whose identity cannot be determined thanks to the obtuse language of the
bill). By hook or by crook, Obamacare's Senate backers got their magic 60 votes.
sellout on health won't play in Nebraska. [Senator Mary] Landrieu and other moderate Democrats
raised strenuous fiscal objections, but bringing up abortion in the Senate is like announcing that you have
a bomb in an airport. People take notice. In the end, though, Nelson treated abortion like any
other of the dozens of shoddy little deals that have been the hallmark of the legislation. The final
abortion compromise that won [Senator Ben] Nelson's support was not substantially different than the one
he had despaired of the week before.
Socialism Creeps In As America
Sleeps. The vote was taken without any members having read the main 2,074-page bill, let alone
the 383 pages of amendments that were tacked on at the last minute to buy off senators, including
Nebraska's Ben Nelson, Louisiana's Mary Landrieu and Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders. Despite growing
public opposition, Democratic members had the nerve to call those who questioned their monstrosity
"obstructionists" and worse.
How bad is it?
The bad news is that Senator Ben Nelson is not up for reelection until 2012. The good news is that
today, December 19, 2009, is the day we got clarity on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid effort to steal medical
care and call it "reform." I hope that Ben enjoys his final two years in the Senate.
buys the votes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to have nailed down what he needs to
deliver to President Obama the mother of all Christmas presents: health-care "reform" in our time.
Details are dribbling out, but one thing seems clear enough: When one is unrestrained by principle, the
possibilities in politics are boundless.
Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries. Buried in the deal-clinching health care package
that Senate Democrats unveiled over the weekend is an inconspicuous proposal expanding Medicare to cover
certain victims of "environmental health hazards." The intended beneficiaries are identified in a
cryptic, mysterious way: individuals exposed to environmental health hazards recognized as a public
health emergency in a declaration issued by the federal government on June 17. And who might those
Who wins, who loses in
Senate health bill. The little town of Libby, Mont., isn't mentioned by name in the Senate's
mammoth health care bill, but it's one of the big winners in the legislation...
Five Reasons It
Might Not Pass. Harry Reid got his 60. Ben Nelson resorted to the typical Washington expedient
in such situations and bought into a few window-dressing compromises, in exchange for an enormous Medicaid
benefit to his state. The Cornhusker Kickback joins the Louisiana Purchase as the latest evidence that
there's nothing like a hundred million or so in federal dollars to alleviate a senator's deeply held concerns
about the substance of Obamacare.
and Blackmailing for Historic Change. Under cover of darkness the most despicable of crimes are
committed. Secrecy and opacity aid the deceitful in accomplishing the deeds they hope will never come to
light — the light that demands accountability and justice. And it was in the middle of the
night — one a.m. on Monday to be exact — that the United States Senate perpetrated
one of its most duplicitous acts by voting to move forward a watered-down but still extremely dangerous
Price Is Right? Payoffs for Senators Typical in Health Care Bill. While Sen. Ben Nelson
got a particularly juicy concession — permanent and full federal aid for his state's expanded
Medicaid population — in the health care bill, support from a slew of other senators likewise
came with its price.
Is Harry Reid defending his vote-buying, or condemning the entire
legislative process? In The Hill today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defends his
use of special incentives to lure certain senators into voting for his health care reform bill. But his
explanation sounds less like a defense of what he did than it does like an indictment of the Senate's entire
legislative process ... To suggest that this is "no different than any other piece of legislation" is to
suggest that the entire process is corrupt.
health-care bill, Democratic senators are in states of denial. Formally, it is known as
H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But this week, it has acquired
an unhelpful nickname: "Cash for Cloture." As Senate Democrats finally complete their health-care
legislation, those combing through the bill have uncovered many backroom deals that were made to buy, er,
secure the 60 votes needed to "invoke cloture" — the legislative term for cutting off
debate and holding a final vote.
Louisiana Purchase And Omaha
Stakes. Sen. Mary Landrieu was the new "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the
federal government to pick up his state's future Medicaid tab. Maybe we should just put Senate votes
up on eBay. Nelson, the 60th vote in the middle-of-the-night Senate party line vote on health care
reform, will go down in American political history as the inventor of the permanent earmark.
Qualifies for Funding in Senate Health Care Bill. Senator Roland Burris is claiming credit
for a provision in Harry Reid's "manager's amendment," unveiled Saturday morning, that could funnel money
to ACORN through the health care bill.
Would Deform State Medical-Liability Systems. The mad dash to jam through a government takeover
of America's health-care system has led to some pretty blatant and noxious payoffs, even by congressional
standards. At least two Senators exchanged their votes for immunity from additional Medicaid costs —
but just for their own states. Another yet-to-be-identified senator is getting $100 million for a
new hospital in his state.
The Cornhusker Highjack and the
Constitution. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was handsomely bribed to vote for cloture on the
health-care bill. While most states will have to pick up much of the tab for new enrollees in Medicaid
beginning in 2017, Nebraska will not. Instead, the federal government will pay for that state's
increased costs. Such bribery has a long history in Congress, but so far as I know (and I'd be delighted
to hear of other, earlier instances), bribes always came in the form of highways, post offices, bridges to
nowhere, and other infrastructure, or in offers of higher office for the person being bribed.
sparking 10th Amendment rebellion, action in seven states. Looks like the steadily growing list
of constitutional, ethical and political outrages that constitute the Harry Reid version of Obamacare is
sparking a rebellion in the states, as AP reports South Carolina's attorney general plans to investigate the
vote-buying that surrounded the proposal in the Senate majority leader's office.
Obamacare Bankrupting States. Sen.
Ben Nelson's "Cornhusker Kickback" for Nebraska may have given Harry Reid his coveted sixtieth vote, but it
comes at a price for the other states, states that are already feeling the hammer of rising Medicaid costs.
Just coming to light is a concern that has been giving governors heartburn for months: the fact that
states are going to be hit with a monstrous financial burden with the passage of Obamacare, and none are
in a position to handle it.
For Sale in the Senate. [Scroll down] Afterward, [Majority Leader Harry] Reid was
unapologetic. "You'll find," he said, "a number of states that are treated differently than other
states. That's what legislating is all about." But legislating, presumably, is also about
giving public reasons for the expenditure of public funds. Are Cornhuskers particularly sickly and
fragile? Is there a malaria outbreak in Grand Island? Ebola detected in Lincoln? Reid
didn't even attempt to offer a reason why Medicaid in Nebraska should be treated differently from, say,
Medicaid across the Missouri River in Iowa.
New state motto: Nebraska — the Freeloader State!
Red States Now Questioning Nelson Deal. At least 10 states are now raising questions about
the legality of the deal that Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, cut for his home state of Nebraska during the
health care negotiations. Under the agreement, which is on the verge of being approved Thursday by the
Senate, Nebraska is permanently exempt from paying for its expansion of Medicaid, shoving that cost onto
taxpayers in every other state.
Christmas: Cash for Corruptocrats. The Democrats are right. Sleazy bribes and pork
payoffs didn't start with their government health care takeover bill. They've been doling out
taxpayer-funded goodies for votes all year. Harry Reid's latest Cash for Cloture deals are the
culmination of Washington's 2009 shopping spree at our expense.
Whores... I mean Senators march the
Health Bill forward. The Health care bill arrogantly moves along dreaming for the day it
can be in Obama's next speech. It has its designer, socialist clothes ironed and glowing red, ready
to shine off the Obama teleprompter. This health care bill has moved half way home and is primed for
the Christmas eve vote in the middle of the night while we are all sleeping or dreaming of wassail and
gifts. So far it seems the waffling Senators have been offered the world for their vote.
The Culture of Corruption.
These people strike me as hermetically sealed off from how most of the rest of the country view this subject.
As these backroom deals become more and more widely known, anger will swell up among voters. It is bad
enough to jam through a bill on a strict party-line-vote against overwhelming opposition from the public; for
it to have happened only because various Members of Congress were (legally) bribed will magnify the intensity
of the opposition.
Obamacare's dirty deals.
President Obama claims Democrats "scored a big victory for the American people" with Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid's latest compromise health bill. That's only true if you believe petty bribery and protection
money are the road to useful reform. There are scores of provisions in the 383 pages of changes Mr.
Reid made to the $871 billion Senate bill that benefit only a handful of states, sometimes even a single
S.C. AG: Nelson deal 'corruption'.
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Monday that the deal Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) struck with
Senate leadership in exchange for his vote on health care reform "represents corruption." McMaster is
one of 10 Republican state attorneys general who are questioning the constitutionality of the Medicaid deal
which would exempt Nebraska from paying its share of the program's expansion in the state — an
estimated $100 million cost over the next 10 years.
Ben Nelson Makes Us Ashamed to be Nebraskans.
Political humorist P.J. O'Rourke wrote a book about Congress entitled Parliament of Whores. As one
of U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson's constituents, I think his actions regarding the so-called health care reform bill
make O'Rourke's title an insult to prostitutes everywhere.
The Cornhusker Concussive. One
of the disgusting features of the Senate's Obamacare bill is the payoffs extracted from taxpayers and directed to the
states of senators wielding key votes. The payoffs culminated in the "Cornhusker Kickback" procured by
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson for Nebraska in order to offset the future costs imposed on Nebraska and other
states by the Obamacare bill. The Cornhusker Kickback is now in the sights of various states attorneys
States Warn Congress of Possible Lawsuit Over
Nebraska's 'Cornhusker Kickback'. Thirteen state attorneys general have sent a letter to
Congress threatening legal action against health care reform unless a provision in the Senate bill given
to Nebraska is removed. The provision is known as the "Cornhusker Kickback," because it gives
Nebraska a permanent exemption from paying for Medicaid expenses that would be required of all the
other states. This means that taxpayers in other states would be paying for an increase in
Nebraska's Medicaid population. Medicaid is a federal-state health care program for the poor.
Pushback. "It's not a special deal," Ben Nelson told the New York Times of the special deal
that converted him into the 60th Senator for ObamaCare. "It's a fair deal. Some people said I was
getting money for Nebraska. That's wrong. I was just getting rid of an underfunded federal
mandate. There's nothing sleazy about it. I cracked the door open for other states."
Petition to recall
LA Senator Mary Landrieu. The blog And So It Goes in Shreveport notes that a petition to recall
Senator Mary Landrieu has been accepted for filing by the Louisiana Secretary of State. Citizens have
180 days to file enough signatures to get this on a ballot.
Getting Control of
Congress, Permanently. We are now experiencing a disconnect between national political leaders
and the citizenry. Public support for congressional actions is low and falling, as are the president's
numbers. Public opposition to the health care bill, now passed in different forms in the House and
Senate, is at 59% and rising. In various ways, the people are strongly indicating that they think Congress
is out of control and needs adult supervision. Particularly galling is the revelation that Senate leaders
bought critical votes on the health care bill by dumping hundreds of millions in special benefits into states
whose senators had withheld support — until they got their bribe.
On Ben Nelson's Kickback: 'It's Illegal to Buy Votes'. California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger on Sunday accused Senate Democrats of illegally buying a vote to get healthcare reform passed.
Talking with NBC's David Gregory on "Meet the Press," Schwarzenegger blasted the California Congressional
delegation for "representing Nebraska and not us" during December's healthcare deliberations.
The Battle of the "Cornhusker
Kickback". South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, one of 15 state prosecutors
challenging the Senate health care bill's special deal for Nebraska, on Wednesday [1/13/2010] characterized
his effort as an "uphill battle" that nonetheless is worth fighting and winnable. McMaster, speaking
at an American Spectator Newsmaker event, said that the bill violates the Constitution by providing the
Cornhusker state with extra Medicaid money to secure the Sen. Ben Nelson's vote.
'Cornhusker kickback' is
toast. The deal critics dubbed the "Cornhusker kickback" is toast. Sen. Ben Nelson,
D-Neb., asked Friday [1/15/2010] that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scratch Nebraska's permanent
exemption from additional Medicaid costs under the Senate health care bill.
We Had Nothing to Do With Cornhusker Kickback, Emanuel: Yes We Did. Speaking to ABC News' World
News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview on Monday, Obama denied being involved in what has come to be
known as the "Cornhusker Kickback" ... In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday, Emanuel
flatly stated that he and the Obama administration were heavily involved in the Cornhusker Kickback as well as the other
deals that provoked outrage from the public...
Democrats dig in for last stand.
Democrats took heat over the "Louisiana Purchase," and ultimately disavowed the "Cornhusker Kickback." Now,
they are racing to keep Republicans from defining the only legislative tool left to salvage the health care
reform bill as yet another tactic hatched in a Democratic back room. During a year in which "deal" is a
dirty word, Democratic congressional leaders are already waging a battle to defend reconciliation and beat back
Republican charges that the fast-track rules are an abuse of power.
Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes? Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats
who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them
to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out
a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr.
to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Obama Way: Bluster, Bully, Bribe. The White House took great offense this week when
conservatives suggested President Obama might be trading a judicial appointment for a wavering Democrat's
vote on his health care reform plan. "Absurd," a miffed administration official told Politico.com.
Wherever could the American people get such an impression? Let us count the ways. On Wednesday [3/3/2010],
the very day Obama hosted 10 swing Democrats who had opposed the expansive health care takeover bill in November,
the White House issued a press release trumpeting the nomination of Scott M. Matheson Jr. to the
10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In an editorial today [3/4/2010], the Washington Times is calling for an investigation by the Justice
Department into two potentially serious violations of federal law by officials in the Obama White House,
including Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina.
political dropouts. [Scroll down] The story broke Feb. 18 when Rep. Joe
Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat, told a local cable news show that somebody in the administration
offered him a high-ranking job if he would decline to challenge party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter in his
state's Democratic primary this year. ... This was the second such story in the past half-year.
Bribes, Threatens, and Rewards Congress to Pass Health Care. All aspects of President Obama's
Chicago-style tactics are on display as he cajoles, bullies and bribes the House to pass his health care
proposals despite the overwhelming public rejection with which they have been met. To some, he offers
bribes. Rep. Jim Matheson, endangered species — a Utah Democrat — succeeded in
getting his brother Scott appointed to a federal judgeship. Matheson voted against Obamacare when it first
passed the House. With his new-found winnings in his pocket, he now professes to be undecided.
Obama Now OK With Sweetheart
Deals As Long As Multiple States Are Bribed. Even though the White House had vowed to remove
"sweetheart deals" from health care legislation, struggling for votes, the Obama administration now says that
these special deals are okay — as long as they apply to more than one state.
The world watches our president fail.
President Obama has many times declared the debate on health insurance over. He was right. His
side lost. And so for the past six months, the president has used taxpayer money to buy congressional
The price for Dennis Kucinich's vote: A
ride on Air Force One. The phony who calls himself the President got one more turncoat by the
simple ruse of offering him a ride on Air Force One, as if the folks seeing him arrive with Narcissus is
going to get him re-elected in November.
cry 'hydraulic despotism' in California on health care vote. Over at their whip count site,
Republican campaigners are trying to connect the health care vote to a sudden, early announcement by the
Department of the Interior this week on increased water allocations to California's drought-stricken Central
Code Red Moves Cardoza and Costa to "Yes" Votes After
Water Deal. Is this Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama's Bill Down the American People's Throats?
As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi's government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two
supposedly "undecided" California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be "yes" votes.
Code Red Moves Pomeroy to a Solid "Yes" Vote.
The Latest in an Avalanche of Special Deals? Code Red has now classified Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) as a
solid "yes" vote on Obama and Pelosi's government takeover of healthcare after another apparent deal was
revealed in the Democrats' bill, this time a special provision for the State of North Dakota.
Buying Votes With Water:
The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a
tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform.
Has there ever been a political spectacle like the final throes of ObamaCare? ... Capitol Hill resembles
nothing so much as that movie's farcical coup d'etat in San Marcos as Democrats try to assemble the partisan
minimum of 216 House votes — if only for an hour or so at some point on Sunday — and no
bribe is too costly, no deal too cynical, no last-minute rewrite too blatant.
Cornhusker Kickback II: All
things considered, the people of Nebraska let it be known that they preferred not to sell their birthright for
a mess of pottage such as Obamacare. If the Obamacare legislation makes it to Obama, it is supposed to be
minus the Cornhusker Kickback. Now Rowan Scarborough reports that the Obama administration has delivered
another budget plum to Nelson and the state of Nebraska, adding more than a half-billion dollars for a new
veterans hospital in Omaha.
the Cornerstone of a Socialist Utopia. [Scroll down slowly] If all of these facts were not
enough, the Democrats enacted their new law as a result of bribery. The American people have heard about
many of the deals made prior to the vote. The Cornhusker Kickback, Florida Gatorade, and Louisiana Purchase
are but a few examples. It is a national disgrace that our Congress has become an institution dependent on
extortion to enact major legislation. And while the process is not easily discussed or understood, we
cannot ignore the historic level of oppression implemented by Speaker Pelosi's Rules Committee in her effort
to gain passage of the bill. As much as the content of the bill itself, the manner in which it passed
Congress provides clear evidence that the bill was about government power, not the health of America.
Democrats Who Switched Vote for Health Bill Request Billions in Earmarks. The 11 House Democrats
led by Rep. Bart Stupak who dropped their opposition to health care reform mere hours before the final vote
have requested $3.4 billion in earmarks — and one watchdog group wants to know whether the
money represents business as usual, or a political payoff.
Obamacare carries an odor of corruption
with NY's 'worst' record of complaints gets $340M Obamacare loan. The New York-based Freelancers Insurance Company
has been rated the "worst" insurer for two straight years by state regulators, and data compiled by a national insurance association
show an extremely high rate of consumer complaints. The firm was founded in 2008 by Sara Horowitz, who worked with Obama while
he was in the Illinois state senate to launch Demos, a left-wing, New York think tank funded in part by George Soros.
The IRS Illegally Expands Obamacare Tax Credits.
Recently I wrote that the states could kill Obamacare by refusing to implement its insurance exchanges. [...] Even if the federal government creates
an exchange in a state that has declined to do so, it would not be authorized to issue tax credits or fine noncompliant businesses. Thus, if the
majority of the states refuse to create exchanges, it will doom Obamacare. There is, however, one weakness inherent in this strategy. It
assumes that the Obama administration will obey the law.
ObamaCare's Secret History.
On Friday [6/8/2012] House Republicans released more documents that expose the collusion between the health-care industry and the White
House that produced ObamaCare, and what a story of crony capitalism it is. If the trove of emails proves anything, it's that
the Tea Party isn't angry enough.
Obamacare: A plan of, by and for special interests.
For a law that supposedly sticks it to big business, President Obama's health care overhaul sure has a lot of industries counting on it for profits.
In recent weeks, plenty of new evidence suggests Obamacare was a boondoggle for special interests.
a failure, in every way possible. Stimulus packages were not to stimulate the economy but were to siphon off
money for the bonuses of executives in failing businesses. Since when does failure deserve a bonus? What else
did he do? His ObamaCare will bankrupt America and was passed with bribes, threats, arm twisting and backroom deals.
care industry ♥s Obama. President Obama spent the first 16 months of his presidency pretending to fight
the health-care industry. "For those who fight reform in order to profit financially or politically from the status
quo," the White House website blared in 2009, "the president sends a simple message: 'Not this time.'" When the
Senate passed the health-care bill, he thanked the upper chamber "for standing up to the special interests." This was
all hogwash. The industry that spent more on lobbying than any other in 2009 was the drug industry, and that industry
backed the bill, and rewarded Senate Democrats by running ads in support of them. The bill subsidizes the heck out of
drugmakers, doctors, hospitals, and other providers. Insurers dislike a lot of the bill, but they're fighting to save
it from conservatives — after all, the law requires people to buy their product.
A Coverup Of Obamacare Conflict-Of-Interest? Judicial Watch and the Media Research Center have
obtained potentially explosive e-mails that could prove Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan provided misleading
answers during her Senate confirmation hearings when she said she had no involvement as U.S. Solicitor General
in any strategizing over how to defend the health care reform law known as Obamacare. Whether or not she
had any such involvement is crucial in determining whether she must recuse herself from cases dealing with the
constitutionality of Obamacare.
Obama is paying back the unions for their
support in 2008.
Longshoremen Rules. The Senate Majority Leader's new version specifically exempts "individuals
whose primary work is longshore work." That would be the longshoremen's union, which has negotiated very
costly insurance benefits. The well-connected dock workers join other union interests such as miners,
electrical linemen, EMTs, construction workers, some farmers, fishermen, foresters, early retirees and others
who are absolved from this tax.
Post and CBS receiving money from Obamacare slush fund. Two mainstream news organizations are
receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
(ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that's doling out cash to companies, states and labor
unions in what the Obama administration considers an effort to pay for health insurance for early retirees.
The Washington Post Company raked in $573,217 in taxpayer subsidies and CBS Corporation secured $722,388 worth
of Americans' money.
Obama Staffers Profit from
Obama Health Care Plan. It turns out that President Barack "Change" Obama isn't changing things
that much after all. At least not for David Axelfod, who appears to be playing the classic Washington
insider's game for fun and profit.
Axelrod's unsolicited email
on health care reform. That community organizing thing with soaring rhetoric, so effective during the
presidential campaign, isn't working so well now that the presidency has actually been won. Vague promises won't
do [when] solid accomplishments are necessary.
David Axelrod's Very
Big Problem. The allegations in this Bloomberg story — if true — pose
a huge problem for a senior advisor to the president, David Axelrod.
Obama Campaign Ad Firms Signed
On to Push Health-Care Overhaul. Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising
for Barack Obama's White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president by taking on his
push for health-care overhaul.
Shills for Hope and Change. Two weeks ago, the White House embraced $150 million in drug
industry ads supporting Obamacare. This week, Bloomberg News reported that White House senior adviser
and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod's former public relations firm, AKPD Message and Media, has raked
in some $24 million in ad contracts supporting Obamacare — along with another PR firm,
GMMB, run by other Obama strategists. The ads are funded by Big Pharma, the AARP, AMA and the powerhouse
Service Employees International Union (whose Purple Shirts dumped $80 million in independent expenditures
to get Obama and the Democratic majority elected).
For Mr. Axelrod, et al. The deal itself may well be completely legal if a little starting to outsiders.
What matters is whether Mr. Axelrod knowingly or unknowingly broke the law in striking the deal with his former firm and
then participating in negotiations with people or entities that directly or indirectly sent cash to his former firm to
produce and air ads pushing the president's health care agenda. ... The only question that really matters is whether or
not David Axelrod violated any of the federal laws.
Quid Pro Quo. We noted here that the
drug companies intend to spend $150 million -- more than the McCain campaign's entire television
advertising budget -- on ads supporting Obamacare. Today on CNN, Wolf Blitzer asked Linda
Douglass whether the ad campaign was part of the deal that the drug companies struck with the Obama
To Get Dues from ObamaCare. Thousands of union members rallied for Obamacare on Capitol Hill
today [6/26/2009] in a massive display of union outreach that threatened to deliver more votes for a
controversial "public plan" option. The rally came on the heels of Obama raising the possibility that
unions would be exempt from taxing health care benefits. Obama said he was open to imposing new taxes
on Americans who are not union members, which is a principle he adamantly opposed during his presidential
Mrs. O And The Patient Dump. It
wasn't until white America accepted her husband that she was finally proud of America. The same America
that allowed the hospital she worked for to screw over the same underprivileged her better half was organizing
to raise his own political stature. The fact she's become the First Lady won't erase the past, and we
should all be wary of the kind of health care her husband has in store for us.
Obamacare Horror Story You Won't Hear. The White House, Democrats and MoveOn liberals are spreading
health care sob stories to sell a government takeover. But there's one health care policy nightmare you
won't hear the Obamas hyping. It's a tale of poor minority patient-dumping in Chicago — with
first lady Michelle Obama's fingerprints all over it.
Back to ACORN General
Hospital. Guess who's going to be much better off thanks President Obama's health care
scheme? ... If the UAW gets to have controlling interest in the American auto industry, why shouldn't
AFSCME, SEIU, and ACORN be allowed to run the 14% of GDP currently known as the American healthcare
system? Millions and millions and millions of new dues-paying members from countless communities
ripe for organizing. All without the hassle of passing card check.
GE a corporate sponsor.
For all of the carping liberals did for eight years about corporate cronyism in George W. Bush's White
House, they seem to turn a blind eye to the same behavior in President Obama's. With plans in place for
a major overhaul in the health-care industry, General Electric is positioning itself to become a major
beneficiary of these health care reforms.
Read the Union
Health-Care Label. In the heated debates on health-care reform, not enough attention is being
paid to the huge financial windfalls ObamaCare will dole out to unions — or to the provisions in
the various bills in Congress that will help bring about the forced unionization of the health-care industry.
Tucked away in thousands of pages of complex new rules, regulations and mandates are special privileges and
giveaways that could have devastating consequences for the health-care sector and the American economy at large.
of Corruption Produces Awful Health Care Bill. Usually a major welfare-state bill has to be
passed by Congress and go into effect before it is exposed as corrupt. The money has to actually be
flowing out of Washington before anyone notices that it's being diverted into a cesspool of special favors
and sweetheart deals. But a lot of things are unprecedented about the current push for a health care
bill. Never has such a major expansion of the welfare state been passed without bipartisan support and
broad approval from the public. And rarely has the corruption of a program been exposed while it is
still awaiting final approval in Congress.
More Details on Obama's Big
Bribe to Big Labor: If you're part of one America, you have to pay a tax if you receive generous
health benefits. But if you're part of the other America that has contributed handily to Democratic
campaigns and has access to the White House, you can receive those same benefits without paying a tax.
latest bribe: It took two days of wrangling behind closed White House doors under the demanding
gaze of big-labor bosses, but President Obama won a major health-care victory yesterday [1/14/2010]. The
same can't be said of America. The deal in a nutshell: a big, fat wet kiss for labor unions, which won
exemption from a proposed 40 percent tax on on expansive private health-insurance plans until 2018.
Unions Collect A Health Care
Payoff. Big Labor carved out a tax exemption for union members' health plans on Thursday [1/14/2010],
paving the way for passage of health care reform. Call it what it is: a bribe to cronies in an
increasingly corrupt overhaul.
Labor's $60 Billion
Payoff. Democrats seem impervious to embarrassment as they buy votes for ObamaCare, but their
latest move makes even Nebraska's Ben Nelson look cheap: The 87% of Americans who don't belong to a
union will now foot the bill for a $60 billion giveaway to those who do.
union gets a pass on ObamaCare rule. The United Federation of Teachers — one of
President Obama's key political backers — is the biggest beneficiary of a White House sweetheart
deal that will exempt certain outfits from complying with new health-care rules, officials revealed yesterday
[10/7/2010]. The quietly approved federal waivers for 30 companies, health insurers, unions and
other groups across the country means the UFT doesn't have to gradually phase out caps on annual health
coverage like everyone else.
Pushes for ObamaCare Then Is Granted Waiver. The irony would be humorous if it weren't so sad:
The United Federation of Teachers, the New York City branch of the American Federation of Teachers, which pushed
ardently for ObamaCare has now requested — and received — a waiver from its mandates.
Friends, Punishes Enemies. A primary task for the new Republican House majority is to undo as
many of the pernicious effects of ObamaCare that it can. One of these effects is the spectacle of
employers going hat-in-hand to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for waivers from some
of the law's more onerous provisions.
Top 10 Obama Administration Investigation
Targets: [#1] ObamaCare: Any measure that restructures one-sixth of the U.S.
economy bears scrutiny particularly when passage of the bill required legislative bribes such as the
Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback. To paraphrase Nancy Pelosi, now that ObamaCare has passed,
let's see exactly what is in it — and how it got there.
Protests and the New Medical Ethics. The breaches of professional ethics displayed in
Wisconsin may be an ominous foretaste of future problems Americans can expect under ObamaCare.
The State of ObamaCare. Big
Government's most unhealthy program, ObamaCare, has been mutating and degenerating since the hour of its
gruesome birth. Thousands of pages of new regulations have erupted from its bloated, heaving body
like tumors. Waivers for politically connected unions and businesses have gushed from its open wounds.
The Administration realized that the slow bleed of ObamaCare waivers was killing it politically, as each
new waiver release gave critics a new opportunity to write about how awful the program is, and how corrupt
Obama's government has become.
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