“We need healthcare reform!” “We need a public option!” “We need single-payer!”

With the 1000+ page healthcare bill going through the House, we hear these sentences every day. As it stands, there is no provision in the U.S. Constitution that gives the federal government the right to grab the power they’re reaching for. The only thing close to such a provision is the interstate commerce clause, but even that falls short.

With the federal restrictions keeping us from crossing state lines to purchase insurance, interstate commerce is not an issue. What the Democrats, Progressives, and liberal Republicans should have done if they were serious about universal healthcare, back when Clinton was president, was remove those restrictions. That would have given them the avenue they needed to get this bill passed, Constitutionally.

If they pass this bill, as it is written, it will be unconstitutional and subject to being found as such by the Supreme Court (not for a while, though, with the current makeup of the court). The Tenth Amendment clearly makes this a state issue. Remember: “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.”

Progressives do not like the Tenth Amendment. It goes against one of their fundamental beliefs, i.e. rights not explicitly denied by the Constitution to the United States are implicitly granted. Progressives are behind the healthcare “reform” being shoved down our throats. Hence the violation of the Tenth Amendment, which will ultimately be the downfall of the bill, if it’s passed in its current form.

I agree we need healthcare reform. But any reform needs to be within the Constitutional limits set forth by the founders.

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