Or how about Korematsu v. United States? Or maybe Plessy v. Ferguson? I’m quite annoyed at the people who keep saying “the Supreme Court has decided” and the debate about the so-called “Affordable” Health Care Act is over. We’re supposed to just shut up an take it? What do those of you who have called Vicevich and written to the SOS and I saying “deal with it” think of the Supreme Court decisions on slavery, internment and segregation? Should those effected just “deal with it” at the time or fight for what’s right?
I’m not at all saying we should govern by mob rule or govern by absolute majorities. Those of you who know me know it’s all about the size and scope of the federal government. It’s too damn big, has been too damn big for decades. This drives dependency. Not necessarily dependency in financial terms – although that’s a big part if it – it’s more of a “what are they going to do to solve the problems we have” type of dependency. We conservatives predicted this years ago!
As I look at a few of the state websites out there along with the federal exchange, I have to ask… Why couldn’t this all have been done with no federal government action? Why couldn’t the insurance companies have done this on their own? They did. For years we’ve been able to compare life insurance, auto insurance, homeowners insurance and yes, health insurance online. Heck, President Obama sold the idea suggesting it would not cost the government anything extra, so why couldn’t the people who did not have insurance before go out and shop and buy policies? They could, and I’m willing to bet the rates we see now – factoring out new state and federal mandates – are not much more than they were three years ago. Obama did not wave a magic wand to reduce the prices that were already available. But there is something more…
It’s all about the government forcing changes to behavior. Government control. How comfortable do you feel about the government controlling more and more aspects of your life? If you don’t have insurance you have to buy it. Don’t tell me some people could not afford it, I know that. There was an existing safety net out there for people called Medicare and Medicaid. States have programs for kids. For certain, many people had difficulties with medical bills, and we could have taken care of those cases in many other ways, but it was not about that. It is about control.
For those of us who are conservatives, there are plenty of bad Supreme Court decisions we’re disappointed with including Katzenbach v. McClung and Chevron v. NRDC. The Supreme Court is not perfect, and when the absolute majority of American citizens have a serious problem with it and want a law changed or voided, our congress-critters have a responsibility – a duty – to discuss it. To discuss the Founding Fathers. To discuss original intent. To discuss the power of States as compared to the federal government. And yes, to discuss the grotesque and outrageous growth of the federal government that must be stopped.