Congress was never meant to create national health care
After serving nine-plus years in prison, O.J. Simpson has been granted parole and will be released in October. In terms of popularity, I found this story barely made a blip on Google search, falling way behind Caitlyn Jenner’s casual mention of a possible run for political office.
Sure, Simpson’s hearing made national news, but the bigger story is that the public has lost interest in this worthless sociopath. The biggest story may be that the election of Donald Trump, a reality show celebrity, has opened up the possibility of political office to many unlikely others.
In past elections, Stephen Colbert has winked at a run for president, but Trump’s victory taunts him to get serious. Kanye West, who previously threatened to run, is reinvigorated. Same is true for Kid Rock, comedian Chris Rock, rocker Ted Nugent and the Rock, Dwayne Johnson, who have all been encouraged to seek public office.
These folks are just a small sampling of hopefuls we might see mounting campaigns before the 2020 elections. That shouldn’t stir alarm. An honest admission of dysfunction within the current administration means we can try just about anything and do no harm.
As painful as it is to witness the Republican internal meltdown over what to do with Obamacare, it is even more painful to watch rancor build between our two major parties. Whatever compromise is eventually reached, however government determines to subsidize and regulate this immense market, sustainability will not be achieved.
Carving out and trying to control an industry of this magnitude was never within the purview of our federal government. In fact, it can be easily argued that because the U.S. Constitution does not grant authority to do this, the power to control health care falls to the states and to the people.
In other words, Obamacare is unconstitutional, as would be any future revised versions concocted by Congress.
Progressives would argue otherwise, that the ACA has already weathered a repeal challenge in the Supreme Court. True, the 5-4 ruling allowed the act to stand, based on the claim that it imparted a tax, not a fee, and the federal government held the power to tax. Dubious. Very controversial. And the Supremes have been wrong many times throughout history.
SCOTUS continues to read past the 10th Amendment, allowing the federal government to erode state sovereignty and overreach into many aspects of our lives.
A spurious quote from Thomas Jefferson: “Any government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” Which is exactly why the states insisted on the Bill of Rights, including provision No. 10.
As chaos continues to reign in both houses of Congress as well as the White House, the path forward and to clarity may well rest on the makeup of tomorrow’s high court. Rulings (6-3?) that return power to the states and to the people would be most welcomed.
Columnist Michael Raymond can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.