They Can Force Us To Buy 'Health Care' …
This is written
as the Supreme Court is weighing the constitutionality of ObamaCare
in particular, it is considering whether the federal government
has the authority under the Constitution to force people at gunpoint
to buy a health insurance policy from a private, for-profit business.
That this is even being discussed as opposed to dismissed
out of hand tells us just how far down the slippery slope
weve already slid. But what most people especially
people who support the mandate may not have considered is
where the precedent about to be established will take us.
In law, precedent
is everything. Because it becomes practice.
Once a given
thing is countenanced by the courts, it becomes the basis for countenancing
other, similar-in-principle things. Some 25 years ago, when the
courts ruled it was within the governments constitutional
authority to stop motorists at random, without even the pretext
of probable cause (as clearly demanded without qualification
by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution), a precedent
was established. Today, we are subject to random stops and
random searches at any time, just about. It has become a
routine and routinely accepted practice.
If the government
has the authority to force each of us to buy a health insurance
policy on the basis of interstate commerce or some appeal
to the collective greater good then a new precedent will
have been established. Why, having gone this far, stop there? Do
you imagine the government will stop there? Has it ever once,
having expanded its authority, failed to expand upon that authority?
Why not also
force people at gunpoint to buy life insurance? As things
stand, there are families left without a breadwinner and
the breadwinners income following an untimely death.
Perhaps some people cannot afford to buy life insurance.
Surely life insurance is just as vital to interstate commerce
and the security provided by a policy just as much a
right as the right to health care? Precisely
the same arguments can and will be used. You
are a fool if you dont see it coming. And it will not come
because of the governments concern for you. It will come because
of the concern over the money (and power) to be had
the two things really driving the individual mandate of Obamacare.
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