Ron Paul Straight Talk: “The Supreme Court and Obamacare”

On April 2, 2012, Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul ruled on Obamacare. Lats week arguments were heard on Obamacare at the United States Supreme Court. The individual mandate has been examined and criticized although the justices admitted they had not read the entire bill. The fines for not purchasing health care in the individual mandate in Obamacare would be enforced by the IRS.

The insurance mandate clearly exceeds the federal government’s powers under the interstate commerce clause found in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.  This is patently obvious: the power to “regulate” commerce cannot include the power to compel commerce!  Those who claim otherwise simply ignore the plain meaning of the Constitution because they don’t want to limit federal power in any way.

Dr. Paul points out that there are many mandates the federal government forces upon people which are accepted.

While I’m heartened that many conservatives understand this mandate exceeds the strictly enumerated powers of Congress, there are many federal mandates conservatives casually accept.  The Medicare part D bill– passed under a Republican President and a Republican House–mandates that you submit payroll taxes to provide prescription drugs to seniors.  The Sarbanes-Oxley bill, also passed by Republicans, mandates that companies expend countless hours of costly manpower producing useless reports.  Selective service laws, supported by defense hawks, mandate that young people sign up for potential conscription.  I understand the distinction between these mandates and Obamacare, but the bigger point is that Congress routinely imposes mandates that are wildly beyond the scope of Article I, Section 8.

The United States Supreme Court justices should be announcing in June how they ruled on Obamacare. The American people, on the other hand, can only sit back and wait to see whether more of their rights will be taken away



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