“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” I know this quote is used a lot, but President Reagan hit the nail on the head. The one thing that Washington is never at a loss for is taking a problem and making it worse.
Our healthcare system, albeit the greatest system in the world, needs reform. There is no question that it needs changes, but a sweeping trillion dollar government-run takeover is not the answer. The American people have overwhelmingly rejected this idea. And despite the will of the people and the lack of constitutional authority, out-of touch Washington elites have once again decided what they think is best for the people: more government control.
Today, the House will vote to repeal the government-run healthcare bill passed last spring. It is imperative that we repeal this massive, job-killing bill that puts the government in charge of our personal healthcare decisions. Aside from the obvious assault on our constitutional rights, this bill will devastate the already struggling job market and economy.
Despite claims of lower health insurance premiums, countless studies have now projected that health insurance premiums actually could increase by roughly $2,100 per family if the bill is fully implemented. A study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the nation’s largest small business association, found that an employer mandate alone could lead to the elimination of 1.6 million jobs, with 66 percent of those coming from small businesses.
Over the coming years, US taxpayers will face $569 billion in new taxes to foot the bill. To add that kind of a tax burden on an already overtaxed population burdened by the economic downturn and high unemployment is completely irresponsible. Americans want reform we can afford, not more out-of-control spending that adds to our debt and a government that interferes in our lives.
That brings us to the crux of the matter – government interference in every aspect of our lives. Most of the people in this country still believe in the Constitution and the rights it bestows upon us. But more importantly, our forefathers knew the importance of keeping government in check.
The Constitution purposely sets limits on what dictates of pain the federal government is allowed to inflict on the people. The people decide what is best for themselves and our country, not the government. Americans from all walks of life and all political viewpoints are tired of having their voices ignored and their constitutional rights trampled on and set aside.
James Madison, author of the Constitution said, “The powers delegated by the…Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.” The healthcare bill is a theft of the individual freedom to control one’s health and to have it now controlled by omnipotent government. It is a political philosophy that has always been rejected by the people of this country – a flawed philosophy that government knows better than “We the People.”
I will continue to stand up for the Constitution. As a former judge, I have great respect for the laws of our country. As a representative in the People’s House, I will not sit idly by and watch the assault on our rights continue. It’s not too late to right this wrong.
There are 26 states now challenging this bill’s constitutionality in court. Never before in the history of our nation has a tax been levied on individuals by the government with the purpose of forcing us to buy a particular good or service.
Congress has never tried to pass a tax on individual Americans similar to this, so the Supreme Court has never ruled on such a tax directly. However, many Constitutional analysts, including myself, believe the high court would rule such a tax unconstitutional.
Today’s vote will put the wheels of repeal in motion, but there is more to be done. I have filed the Defund the Individual Mandate Act to prohibit any federal funding from being appropriated by Congress to fund the individual mandates that requires Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine. If we can’t immediately repeal the law, we can stop the funding to implement and enforce it.
Congress should not be appropriating money for a government program that very well might be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. So as the repeal effort makes its way to the Senate and through the courts, members of Congress need to roll-up our sleeves and put a ‘stop payment’ on this out-of-control government without delay.
It’s been said, if you think the problems government creates are bad, wait until you see government’s solutions. Repealing this healthcare bill is not just about stopping nationalized healthcare, it’s about repealing government power. That’s why repeal really matters.
And that’s just the way it is.