Don’t pardon the pun and excuse me for gloating.
I’m gloating because Judge Vinson in Florida still understands the Constitution and the history of how freedom and competition is what has made our country exceptional.
In his decision Judge Vinson wrote, “It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place. If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain.”
Of course the reaction of the administration is stunning. Obama and company act as though the Constitution doesn’t matter. They continue to implement this fatally flawed law.
Obamacare was a disaster of a bill. It did nothing to reduce the cost of health care and it replaced evil insurance company bureaucrats with government ones. But worst of all it virtually assured an ultimate government monopoly of health care.
Republicans in the House passed a bill to repeal it but that measure fell short in the Democrat controlled Senate. Not surprising since the Democrats long ago abandoned any allegiance to the Constitution, the rule of law, or the will of the American people.
I know that last statement will anger my progressive friends but if they could get the blue ink out of their eyes and ears for a few minutes we might actually be able to work together to address this problem.
There is no doubt that health care costs are raging out of control. Part of that is because of our aging population. But a good part of that is because of frivolous lawsuits, mandates on insurance coverage, a shortage of health care professionals and lack of competition. And part of it is because our medical technology is becoming more and more sophisticated. Despite all of the rhetoric about how other countries have better health care our life expectancy continues to grow.
Turning our health care over to a government-controlled monopoly will not improve our heath care or reduce our costs. The only way government can reduce costs is to control prices or limit access. Ultimately that will reduce medical research and the number of medical providers. Neither of those is good for improving quality or reducing costs in the long run.
There are a lot of things we can do to fix our health care system without turning it over to the government. But first we have to get over a few ingrained limiting assumptions; bigger isn’t always better; corporations and private enterprise are not the enemy; and small business owners are more likely to find practical solutions. After all if it can be made to work for individuals and small businesses then it will work for large ones as well.
Two judges have now found the law unconstitutional. Over half the states have now made their case in a court of law. Judge Vinson’s decision was the most significant defeat of the measure to date.
It’s time to throw this Obama-nation on the trash heap with other bad legislation and get on with finding meaningful solutions.