It seems a day doesn’t go by without another announcement by the Obama Administration and their lackeys in Congress on a new tax or way to place new restrictions on liberties. The latest statement by Obama though is so radical, so big a departure from the foundation of the American way, it should be an immediate concern to every citizen of the US. In discussing his utopian government health care program, Obama said, “if the private insurance companies have to compete with a public option, it will keep them honest and help keep prices down.” In other words, Obama plans to use the power of the federal government to tax, regulate and legislate – against private business – this is his idea of ‘competition’.
Since when does the federal government have any Constitutional mandate to compete against private business? Joseph Story in his Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833 says, “that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce. In its internal operations it can touch but few objects, except to introduce regulations beneficial to the commerce, intercourse, and other relations, between the states, and to lay taxes for the common good. The powers of the states, on the other hand, extend to all objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, and liberties, and property of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state.”
No where in the US Constitution does it grant the President of the United States the authority to hand taxpayer money over to banks, insurance companies, and auto makers – or to compete with private businesses with a government run health system. It will be a financial disaster for the United States and the average citizen will suffer.
The real impact will be felt after the last vestiges of a free health system are neutralized by the federal government. Much like the government education system which has exploded in cost while student competency has plummeted, health care will follow. Speaking of education, you don’t see many politicians’ children in the government school system and the same will apply with the government health care program. For the masses, expect long waiting lines, poor service, no choice. Of course; Obama, the privileged politicians, and the rich will always have their own special health care program. If you’re rich and well connected, you won’t be standing on any waiting lines for medical care.
Obama’s statement ranks as one of the most dangerous statements ever made by a sitting President of the United States. Justice John Marshall noted in 1819 that, “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” Might I add that an entity that rewrites the rules anytime it wants, is no competition. It’s a despot. And the last thing we need is a despot controlling our health care.