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|User Info||Noah Feldman's (and Harvard's) Folly On Health Ref; entered at 2012-03-27 10:39:06|
Registered: 2008-12-03 Somewhere in TX
Obamacare is not so much about health care as it is about whether the Constitution still has meaning.
Hit the nail on the head with that one. This is about nothing more and nothing less than our very liberty. I told my kids this morning that this case is the most important Supreme Court decision in history - if the federal government wins, it will then be able to force you to buy ANYTHING. That includes membership in a gym, a device (that you MUST wear) which proves that you actually exercised, specific foods (from, of course, specifically-named providers), specific brands of medication (both prescription and OTC), specific books (which just "might" have a particular point of view) and tests to make sure that you actually read the books, cars (GM, anyone?), etc., etc., etc., ad infinitem. There will literally be no limits on the the power of the government, and our liberty will become a receding memory.
If the Supremes don't rule that the Obamacare mandate is unconstitutional, the USA is over. If that happens, I would expect, over the next several years, scores to hundreds of thousands (at least) to be imprisoned for failure to obtain insurance and failure to pay the penalty for that to the IRS. I would further expect that some of those people will not go quietly to jail - so, ironically, a law supposedly meant to improve health will directly cause deaths among both the civilian population and government employees. Frankly, I HOPE that it does - it'll be evidence that the spirit of liberty hasn't yet died.
Ironically, I don't need a law to tell me that it makes sense to have insurance - I already have it without any mandate, as does 90% of the population. But I resent the **** out of being told what I MUST do, under penalty of fines and imprisonment - just like seatbelts (which I wear out of my own sense of what is wise to do, not because a bunch of control-freaks in the legislature decided for me what is in my own best interest). What*****es me off to no end is that if I ride the 2/10 of a mile from my mailbox to my driveway without a seatbelt, I can be fined - simply outrageous! Similarly, if I chose to ride a motorcycle, I would wear a helmet - but would resent the **** out of being required to do so. I cannot walk around with more than $10,000 of cash (which I think is generally a foolhardy thing to do) without worrying about being arrested for being a drug dealer and having my money seized. The whole concept of liberty is that I - and every other adult in our society - get to do whatever I want to do, just so long as it doesn't directly diminish the rights of others. For some reason, that very simple concept seems to bother the crap out of the lieberal fascists among us. Well, ****'em!
This law is the culmination of all of the progressive feel-good legislation (virtually all of which is either blatantly unconstitutional or incredibly contrary to the intent of the Founders) that we've been subjected to for literally the last 100 years. It pretty much started with the Federal Reserve, moved to the income tax, federal gun control (several iterations), most of the New Deal programs (many passed after FDR threatened the Supreme Court into irrelevance with his Court-packing scheme), the "War on (Some) Drugs" and lately the "War on Terror (and ornery Constitution freaks who have the gaul to think that they actually have rights)."
Let us hope and pray that the Supremes have the sense and the decency, to say nothing of the intellectual integrity, to repeal this abomination. If not, the Republic is over...and long live the Rebellion.
Last modified: 2012-03-27 10:42:07 by samadams