United States Health Care Debate: GOP Flexes Muscles with Repeal of Obamacare

January 27, 2011 Opinion

As of Nov. 2010 a new regime entered into power in the U.S. House of Representatives. As one of its first acts in power and as promised to its constituents, the new regime has voted to repeal the recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the measure colloquially known as “Obamacare.” While this vote is mostly symbolic, the might behind it is only a test of the new power. The measure probably will not pass in the Senate due to the insubordinate nature of the Democratic Party, which is in control of the upper house. Americans around the country can applaud this effort as one to defend their sovereign rights and push back a federal government overstepping itself and has tried to force decisions on the people of this great nation. States across the Union have already applied to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare—26, in fact.

Earlier this month Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled for the state’s claim that the requirement for people to purchase health care exceeds the power of Congress under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The heart of his 42-page opinion was this: “Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market.” The next step in the process will eventually be a writ of certiorari and the case will be heard by the United States’ highest court.

One can see that our new and responsible officials are enacting the will of the people with these moves to counter the oppressive government that had become intent on enacting legislation to please the extreme left instead of caring about the nation’s people or the state’s sovereign rights. Congress’s regime of tyrannical politicians looming over the nation is no more.

As we enter a new year we must remember the foundations of our great nation and recall the words of our Founding Fathers. Alexander Hamilton: “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”

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