Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reconciliation - Rules of the Senate Explained!

Given what Republican Senator Judd Gregg said back in March of 2005, how can ANY Senate Rrepublican now claim "reconciliation" is a radical move by Democrats to "ram through" health care reform?

1 comment:

  1. Kevin, thank you for creating this forum. You do our community a service.

    Both sides are framing the debate. It's a false argument, however. Congress lacks Constitutional authority to legislate big government healthcare ... but Congress has long ignored the Constitution.

    Where Congress does have Constitutional authority, they utterly fail us. The Congress is supposed to keep commerce regular, which means that they are to prevent the States from interfering with inter-state commerce - i.e. forbidding citizens from purchasing insurance from out of state, dictating what insurers citizens can purchase from, what insurers can charge, and dictating to citizens what coverage is best for their personal needs (as if we were incapable of knowing what is best for ourselves). One only need look to what NJ legislators previously did to auto insurance to understand where a large part of the problem lies.

    The roots of the commerce clause predate the Constitution. Under the Articles of Confederation, states restricted inter-state commerce to the point of chaos. This is why it was later added to the Constitution as one of a limited, enumerated powers of Congress. It did not, however, mean at any time that Congress should regulate every aspect of commerce ... just that commerce was to be kept regular. The founders were very wary of big government, and they would be alarmed at what the Federal government has become.

    So while Congress is engaged in partisan finger pointing, the real argument is never debated; which is under what authority does Congress presume to impose big government healthcare?

    David Johnson
    Springtown Rd.


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