Richard W. Hawkins: The reality of Obamacare
Editor: I find your Our View editorial “Congress shouldn’t let courts decide health care policy” faulty in a number of aspects.
1. The most important issue that you should have addressed initially is whether or not the US Congress is authorized per Article 1, Section 8 and the 9th and 10th amendments of the US Constitution to enact health care legislation such as Obamacare. This was the expectation of a free press to be the watchdog on government to keep the electorate informed. That hasn’t worked out so well for the last 120 years or so.
2. The courts didn’t decide health care policy, they decided on the constitutionality of one particular law after it was modified.
3. Congressional Republicans have finally been successful at the law’s repeal by removing the penalty tax in the December 2017 tax overhaul package. That one action rendered the remaining law unconstitutional thus having it repealed via court action.
4. The government didn’t pay the $125 billion for Obamacare subsidies in 2018, it was the working US taxpayer that paid that money…government can only squander taxpayers’ money.
5. You suggest that Congress should work out another unconstitutional health care plan that costs taxpayers about $125 billion per year during a time when Congress can’t even agree on a $5 billion wall that is well within their constitutional duty to protect and defend our borders. Get real!
6. If you recall, Obamacare could only pass by lies and deception on Obama’s part. According to The Hill, Obama’s guru, Jonathan Gruber said, “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage, and basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
Gruber made the comment while discussing how the law was “written in a tortured way” to avoid a bad score from the Congressional Budget Office. He suggested that voters would have rejected ObamaCare if the penalties for going without health insurance were interpreted as taxes, either by budget analysts or the public.
“If CBO scored the [individual] mandate as taxes, the bill dies,” Gruber said.
“If you had a law that made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people are going to get subsidies, it would not have passed,” he added.
Hopefully, the Supreme Court puts the final nail in the Obamacare coffin and Congress remains as entrenched as it is now. Health care is a personal responsibility per our God given natural rights and shouldn’t be a benefit that allows government to plunder some and transfer wealth.
Richard W. Hawkins
Lake Havasu City