CNS News has a clue about why Congress is in such a mess:
(CNSNews.com) – Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) could not explain what part of the Constitution grants Congress the power to force every American to buy health insurance – as all of the health care overhaul bills currently do.
Leahy, whose committee is responsible for vetting Supreme Court nominees, was asked by CNSNews.com where in the Constitution Congress is specifically granted the authority to require every American purchase health insurance. Leahy answered by saying that “nobody questions” Congress’ authority for such an action.
CNSNews.com: Where, in your opinion, does the Constitution give specific authority for Congress to give an individual mandate for health insurance?
Sen. Leahy: We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there is no authority?
CNSNews.com: I’m asking –
Sen. Leahy: Why would you say there is no authority? I mean, there’s no question there’s authority, nobody questions that.
When CNSNews.com again attempted to ask which provision of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to force Americans to purchase health insurance, Leahy compared the mandate to the government’s ability to set speed limits on interstate highways – before turning and walking away.
CNSNews.com: But, which provision –
Sen. Leahy: Where do we have the authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway? The federal government does that on federal highways.
Prior to 1995, the federal government mandated a speed limit of 55 miles an hour on all four-lane highways. The limit was repealed in 1995 and the authority to set speed limits reverted back to the states.
Technically, the law that established the 55 mile-an-hour limit – the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act of 1974 – withheld federal highway funds from states that did not comply with it. The law rested on Congress’ constitutional authority to dole out federal tax revenue.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that such a proposal would be “unprecedented,” adding that the government had “never required” Americans to purchase anything. “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action,” CBO found.
CBO also noted that an individual mandate would carry with it something never before done in the history of America: it would impose a legal duty on American citizenship. In other words, all American citizens – and anyone wanting to become one – would be forced by the government to do something, even if they didn’t want to or chose not to.
If you’ve ever read Robert Heinein’s “Starship Troopers” or even seen the movie, you know that one of the requirements to become a citizen was to serve in the Armed Forces. Those who were not citizens were not subject to the protections of the laws of the land, and could not vote.
If the Congress passes one of these Healthcare bills, we will have taken the first step towards a “tit-for-tat” democracy. Think about the implications of THAT for a minute. You think the government is intrusive with marijuana laws? With immigration enforcement?
This is the first step on that road.
As I type this, Leahy is fumbling his way through an interview on Fox News with Harris Faulkner, explaining why applying Antitrust Regulations to Insurance Companies is a *GOOD* thing — even though Congress has already put draconian prohibitions on Health Insurance companies, keeping them from selling their insurance across state lines.
I’m sorry — WHO is the oppressive multi-state entity here Senator? Insurance companies, or Congress?
Imbecile. And Vermont continues to re-elect this dimwitted boob.