The battle is being waged – States’ Rights vs. Obamacare
Thank goodness that various states are showing some cajones, since we’re not sure there are enough in the national capital carrying those body parts. True, the GOP in the House have tried, but there aren’t enough in national office right now to actually repeal the law. In reaction to the inability of Washington to listen to the people and represent THEM, various states are making laws and taking steps to effectively shut down this disgusting infringement upon our rights.
Colorado, for instance, just placed an initiative on the ballot that would, if passed, block many aspects of Obamacare – including the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance. A similar measure was overwhelmingly approved by voters in Missouri last month. And several states recently announced that they don’t believe they have the authority to enforce the new law.
With actions like these, the message to Washington is clear: If Congress doesn’t repeal Obamacare, the states just might do it themselves.
Even some Democrat controlled states are balking a bit:
Even states with Democrat
ic [grammar error correction is all mine – ya’ll know my pet peeve] governors have expressed pessimism about complying with the law. Michigan and Oklahoma, for instance, have both stated that they do not currently have the authority to implement Obamacare. California – not exactly a bastion of opposition to President Obama – has said that it may not be able to enforce the law.
It seems that the hidden costs of healthcare – the “tribunals” required, the rewriting of policies to accommodate this “plan”, the forcing of employers to set aside a chunk of money to implement the “plan” – all of these requirements are already forcing a change in how medical care is being approached. Needless to say, the American taxpayer will never be able to completely understand this monstrosity of a “plan,” much less be able to afford it. That applies not only to finances, but also to our freedoms. We will be herded like cattle into a sure-to-fail medical care plan. Wait – let me make the correction: We will be herded like cattle into a sure-to-succeed dependency creating plan.
And then there is the whole discussion of the supremacy clause. Of course, Democrat representatives are wanting to walk like storm troopers all over the states’ rights:
…Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) … told constituents at a townhall meeting, “The federal government … can do most anything in this country.” That statement has a nice totalitarian ring, doesn’t it?
But they don’t really understand, do they?
But the clause referred to by statists as the ‘supremacy clause’ does not give a blank power check to the federal government. Like a number of other Constitutional points, this clause has been spot-read by statist media ever-eager to help Democrats complete the goal of reshaping the U.S. into a collectivist nation. Here is the section Democrats are currently using to pass questionable legislation: “[Article 6, Section 2] This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”
What they don’t realize is:
The law has to be grounded in the Constitution. Obamacare is not; it is unconstitutional regardless of claims by Ivy Leaguers who want to transform the document into an entity that bears little resemblance to the original.
The so-called ‘Supremacy Clause’ is at present misunderstood and taken out of context. There is an equally powerful article statists don’t like to talk about—Article X in the Bill of Rights. This article is very clear: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Our founding fathers knew what they were trying to avoid:
The Tenth Amendment Center puts the amendment in context: “The issue of power – and especially the great potential for a power struggle between the federal and the state governments – was extremely important to the America’s founders. They deeply distrusted government power, and their goal was to prevent the growth of the type of government that the British [have] exercised over the colonies.”
We can only hope that the current legal fights will bear fruit, and/or that the states are successful in asserting their rights. I thank God our founding fathers saw the wisdom in specifying a Tenth Amendment. It may be our salvation.