From the Commander-in-Chief: "Buy health insurance - or else!"
- If there is anyone who still believes that the Obama administration
is intent upon reversing the neocon/NWO agenda of the previous
administration, please see: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55971 or the
Doesn't it confirm that the US government is behaving as a
dictatorship that is treating the US Constitution with disdain?
What will be the consequences for the USA if the proposed "Health
Reform" bill is passed by the President and Congress into law?
Who will benefit from a law that requires ALL adult USAmericans to
buy PRIVATE health insurance? Won't it just be the insurance companies,
that are inextricably tied up with the banks and finance houses - i.e. the
financial elite who US taxpayers are already bailing out to the tune of
untold trillions of dollars?
Won't it mean that the USA's millions of very poor people, who have
been forced by Obama's $trillion hand-out to rich bankers to live on the
streets and in tent cities and who cannot pay for private health insurance,
will be criminalised automatically by this new law?
If so, where will the US Government put all those millions of new
criminals that it will have created overnight? Is this what all the FEMA
concentration camps that have arisen in various parts of the USA in recent
years are for?
Is this the kind of "change you can believe in" that you thought
Obama had in mind when he promised it in his campaign speeches?
If so, how is it a reversal of the policies and agenda of the
previous administration to exaccerbate the differences between the rich and
the poor in US society? Is it not in fact an extention and expansion of
them in that whereas the Bush administration penalised the poor only
financially (by redistributing what little wealth they had into the hands of
the elite via inequitable taxation), the Obama administration is also
penalising them legally by criminalising them and penalising them
politically too because criminals are automatically barred from voting?
Why is it becoming a crime to be poor in the USA? Whose agenda is
being served by this repression? How will it assist or enhance the
"regulation of inter-state commerce" as Speaker Pelosi claims? Can this
really be the path that our world needs to follow to qualify for cosmic
citizenship and free, self-responsible membership of cosmic society?
"Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God. But woe unto the
rich, for they have their reward!" - Jesus
When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To
Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: 'Are You Serious?'
Friday, October 23, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
(CNSNews.com) – When CNSNews.com asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to
buy health insurance--a mandate included in both the House and Senate
versions of the health care bill--Pelosi dismissed the question by saying:
“Are you serious? Are you serious?”
Pelosi's press secretary later responded to written follow-up questions from
CNSNews.com by emailing CNSNews.com a press release on the
“Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform,” that argues that Congress
derives the authority to mandate that people purchase health insurance from
its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce.
The exchange with Speaker Pelosi on Thursday occurred as follows:
CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant
Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”
Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am.”
Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter.
Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told CNSNews.com that asking the
speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandated
that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a "serious question."
“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious
question. That is not a serious question.”
Currently, each of the five health care overhaul proposals being considered
in Congress would command every American adult to buy health insurance. Any
person defying this mandate would be required to pay a penalty to the
Internal Revenue Service.
In 1994, when the health care reform plan then being advanced by President
Clinton called for mandating that all Americans buy health insurance, the
non-partisan Congressional Budget Office studed the issue and concluded:
“The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a
condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate
would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First,
it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it
would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily
regulated by the federal government.”
Later on Thursday, CNSNews.com followed up on the question, e-mailing
written queries for the speaker to her Spokesman Elshami.
“Where specifically does the Constitution authorize Congress to force
Americans to purchase a particular good or service such as health
insurance?” CNSNews.com asked the speaker's office.
“If it is the Speaker’s belief that there is a provision in the Constitution
that does give Congress this power, does she believe the Constitution in any
way limits the goods and services Congress can force an individual to
purchase?" CNSNews.com asked. "If so, what is that limit?”
Elshami responded by sending CNSNews.com a Sept. 16 press release from the
Speaker’s office entitled, “Health Insurance Reform, Daily Mythbuster:
‘Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform.’” The press release states
that Congress has “broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on
interstate commerce. Congress has used this authority to regulate many
aspects of American life, from labor relations to education to health care
to agricultural production.”
The release further states: “On the shared responsibility requirement in the
House health insurance reform bill, which operates like auto insurance in
most states, individuals must either purchase coverage (and non-exempt
employers must purchase coverage for their workers)—or pay a modest penalty
for not doing so. The bill uses the tax code to provide a strong incentive
for Americans to have insurance coverage and not pass their emergency health
costs onto other Americans—but it allows them a way to pay their way out of
that obligation. There is no constitutional problem with these provisions.”