In a recent email discussion about the upcoming election among Christian friends, one of them asked, "How can anyone not like health care reform?" My response was, "I'm all for healthcare reform. Let's do it again soon. Maybe we could actually work towards a constitutional solution next time around."
Another friend chimed in, questioning whether it was the "right debate" to focus on the constitutionality of the law, saying, "as of now I think its constitutionality is settled." He also cautiously supported Obamacare saying it "seems like a reasonable use of government powers provided that the care delivered meets the appropriate standards."
I felt that my response would be worthwhile to share, and I'm curious what others think about my proposal regarding an amendment to the constitution. Here's what I wrote:
First, a nitpick. Just because SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) says it is constitutional doesn't make it so. When they change their minds (which does happen) it isn't the constitution or constitutionality that's changing. Nothing goes from constitutional to unconstitutional (or the reverse) unless the constitution changes. Only their minds and hence the current decision changes. I'm not trying to make this the point of contention but it's crazy not to point out that the emperor has no clothes. Yes it has been voted constitutional by 5 crazy-heads, at least for the time being. So we are stuck with (yet another) unconstitutional law that has been *ruled* constitutional. I still say we should enact health care reform. And again, let's shoot for something constitutional this time. :)
As to its substance, I think you unintentionally put your finger on one of the biggest problems when you said, "provided that the care delivered meets the appropriate standards." Who determines that? The federal government does. And while I'm asking questions, what recourse do we have if it doesn't meet *actually* appropriate standards? Maybe we should work to get an amendment passed that says "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..."?
Oh wait, we already did that. Maybe we could add, "No, really, we mean it. Don't make us count to three. One... two... two and a half..."
Mark my words, this intrusion of the federal government into our health care decisions is leading in a particular direction. And it is beyond me why we would trust it to be a good direction with a government that over the past three decades has proven itself to be both financially incompetent and bloodthirsty.
What ever happened to that old slogan, "My body, my choice!"? It seems pretty apt here.