On Tuesday President Barack Obama had possibly developed a cash of the jitters about the outcome of the Supreme Court review of ObamaCare when he made remarks heard ‘round the nation:
"Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,"
“Unprecedented” really is a fair label for many aspects of ObamaCare.
If the federal government can force you to buy health insurance, then we are no longer a free people. That type of diktat does not regulate commerce, it forces people into commerce. Hiring thousands of federal health cops to enforce the diktat is, in a free country, quite unprecedented.
There’s also the matter of congressmen abandoning the oath they take upon entering office. The oath contains a pledge to “support and defend the Constitution,” and then:
“I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
Remember many Democrats admitted they did not read the bill they passed.
If one pledges to “well and faithfully discharge” his duties, wouldn’t that pledge include reading a critical piece of legislation? If you work in the private sector and sign a contract on behalf of your company, would you even for a moment consider signing a document you hadn’t read?
ObamaCare—technically the mislabeled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—injects government control into a vast sector of the U.S. economy, and ultimately the bill will determine healthcare protocol for providers via a panel of bureaucrats. If left standing, ObamaCare will affect every single American, levying a monetary penalty on those who do not purchase a policy. Yet illegal aliens and migrant workers whose employers do not provide coverage options get a pass from that penalty.
Has our country ever officially dictated that its citizens engage in commerce while permitting foreigners to receive a service while not engaging in commerce? Costs for the care of foreign nationals will be legally shifted onto the backs of American citizens and legal residents.
Talk about unprecedented.
Then there’s the matter of waivers. Big Labor lobbied for ObamaCare, but once the bill passed, many labor groups filed for waivers. As of January, more than half a million union workers got a pass, according to The Daily Caller. What, besides Democrat loyalty, makes these labor groups special when it comes to federal law?
If you get to the bare bones of the matter, it’s obvious there is much that is “unprecedented” when it comes to ObamaCare, but certainly not in the sense the president or perhaps legal scholars had in mind.
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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 5, 2012)
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