US Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Can Change US Forever

Today’s US Supreme Court decision will have huge ramifications on the role of the Federal Government in our lives.  The citizens of this country during its founding were leery of big government.  They did not want another King in the form of a President and therefore insisted on decision-making power; hence the 10th Amendment.  “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.  If Obamacare is upheld in its entirety, it will mean the Federal Government has new, wider jurisdiction over our lives, than at any time in our history.  It is a dangerous precedent and one I believe the conservative justices on the Court will see as well.  We are not Europe, we are not Canada.  If this bill is upheld in its entirety where will it end?  Never one for the slippery slope argument, it is valid in this case.  Every time the government increases its scope, individual rights suffer.  If the government wants to get involved in the healthcare business beyond Medicare and Medicaid, then let Congress provide some protections for citizens against the health care industry not unlike what has been going on with the banks.  The logic of the entire Obamacare argument is flawed.  The individual mandate means that people who don’t have health coverage because they can’t afford it are now going to pay a penalty they can’t afford?  People with money have health insurance.  There isn’t a large group of wealthy Americans out there using emergency rooms for health care because they don’t want to buy it.  The mandate is hardest on those who can ill afford it.  Young people who are having enough difficulty paying back student loans aren’t going to have extra money to pay penalties.  Healthcare should ultimately be left to the states with aid from the Federal Government.   Romney, although he has taken much heat for it, was on the right course in Massachusetts.  It still needs some tweaking, but was a good start.  He should have done a better job defending it.

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