FACT: every Yea vote for the proposed health care plan is punishable by law according to the United States Constitution. What you say?? The current House Democratic leadership, notably packed to the hilt with attorneys is playing lawyer games and shielding themselves with their interpretation of both the Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause, because without these two “latitudes” deftly written into our founding document they would be committing at the very best betrayal at worst, treason.
“The Commerce Clause represents one of the most fundamental powers delegated to the Congress by the founders. The outer limits of the Interstate Commerce Clause power has been the subject of long, intense political controversy. Interpretation of the sixteen words of the Commerce Clause has helped define the balance of power between the federal government and the states and the balance of power between the two elected branches of the Federal government and the Judiciary. As such, it has a direct impact on the lives of American citizens”
The actual clause as it is written is vague at best, and it’s interpretation is astounding when the actual clause is reviewed, “The Congress shall have power…to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian Tribes”. A specific clause in Article III could be the bills undoing, “In all the other Cases . . ., the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, . . . with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”
In brief the “Necessary and proper clause” is even more liberal in language, and intent. The law also know as the “elastic clause” is defined as “one of the most powerful in the Constitution. It allows the Government of the United States to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution.” This has been used for all types of federal actions including requiring integration in the states.”
Stepping away from the “legalise” our nation is in danger of becoming insolvent, the creation of a National Health Care plan is not legally within the boundaries of the constitution as written, public opinion has clearly spoken in its disapproval, the Democratic party is currently imploding out of worry of unemployment, and the Republicans are unified in effort in defeating this bill. Rather than focus on providing a equatable and cost effective bill for health care reform we have political infighting for the mere reason of saving face, and further growing job security for our elected officials.
Neither party has offered any form of legislation that addresses the issue of skyrocketing health care costs, there is no consensus, there is no concern for anything other than political job security, our elected officials continue to turn a deaf ear to the virulent realities we currently face. There is simply no logical reason to involve the United States government in any further “free enterprise”, their history of handling such affairs is dismal at best, and rife with corruption and rampant cost overruns. This is simply not the time to focus health care and when we do, the debate and the bill should be made public for a lengthy debate. Maybe it is time to quote one of the Democratic party Godheads of past “it’s the economy stupid”, put down the mirrors and listen, our future depends on it.