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An Ominous Anniversary

edbell | 23 March, 2012 10:12

Today, Americans are mourning the two year anniversary of ObamaCare. The 2700 page PPACA is at the center of our collective consciousness as every dreaded reality manifests in the culture.  In a few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about the Constitutionality of this law, including the mandate requiring each of us to purchase health insurance.  In a March 23 Washington Post article, Charles Krauthammer summarizes, "the question will hinge on whether the Commerce Clause has any limits. If the federal government can compel a private citizen, under threat of a federally imposed penalty, to engage in a private contract with a private entity (to buy health insurance), is there anything the federal government cannot compel the citizen to do?" 

If indeed, the court decides in favor of the current legislation, the federal government will be able to mandate our purchases ad infinitim. If authorities decide purchases are for the common good,  get ready to buy your Chevy Volt and make sure that gym membership is up to date.  Collective sacrifice means both your government and neighbor will monitor your shopping and personal habits. 

When one contemplates the end of America's precious gift of individual freedom, the staggering cost and inherent rationing are secondary, yet quite impressive.  The true cost of Obamacare is now double the original CBO estimates.   Currently, about $1.76 Trillion between 2013 and 2022, with a quarter-trillion dollars every year thereafter.  And let's not forget the Independent Payment and Advisory Board IPAB.  As Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson recently suggested, "IPAB is one of the worst elements of Obamacare and would contribute mightily to the evolution of a single-payer system."  Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks presents the seven deadliest reasons (quite literally) why IPAB should be abolished while offering real free market solutions.  To summarize the article Dean says, "This may not be a "death panel", but it is a legal and moral monstrosity."

As this is published (March 23), people are gathering near our local Cathedral and around the country to rally against the mandated contraceptive, sterilization and abortion coverage that may enjoy exalted status in the President's health care plan.  This mandate will require many Americans to participate through their forced premiums in procedures they find abhorent to their religious and moral values.

Let us hope the Constitution is not replaced by "as the Secretary shall direct."

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