According to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Alliance for Natural Health several sources including attorneys general of South Carolina, Florida and a handful of other states and Orrin G. Hatch, J. Kenneth Blackwell And Kenneth A. Klukowski are saying that portions of the new health care bill are unconstitutional and will be challenged in the US Supreme Court. In previous cases the US Supreme Court has specifically denied Congress the power to require U.S. Citizens to purchase anything with their own money because this is not a power granted to the Congress by the US Constitution. Any power not granted to the Congress by the Constitution is reserved exclusively for individual states according to the Wall Street Journal story.
The Wall Street Journal story goes on to say that this new bill will require the states to establish benefit exchanges and if the state decides not to do this the Federal Secretary of Health and Human Services will step in and do it for them. This department of the Federal Government has absolutely no authority to do this and does not have any officials elected by the people only officials appointed by elected officials.
The 10th Amendment , known as the states rights amendment, does state that any powers not granted to the United States or prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. In other words only the states can possibly require people to pay for health insurance in their health care bills, not the Federal Government. This is how health care insurance is handled in Canada each province has their own form of health care insurance.
For you convenience I have included the 10th Amendment and Article 1, Section 8 Powers of Congress below.
I am presently reading The Federalist and Common Sense and the Rights of Man and have realized the founding fathers never intended the federal government to be as large as it is today because they realized each state has a much better idea of what their citizens need. And many of the founding fathers were fiercely protective of their individual states rights. Besides all these facts common sense demonstrates there is absolutely no way the Federal Government can put a health care bill together that will be the best for each state.
Please contact your government representatives and ask them to more seriously consider the consequences of being replaced for not following their oath of office to solemnly swear that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that they will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that they take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that they will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which they entered: So help them God.
Here is a sample letter you can send to your US Senators and Representative:
Dear Senator (Your Senators names) or Representative (Your Representative’s name):
The US Congress, US President and US Supreme Court do not have the power to take control of Health Care or require US Citizens to purchase anything with their personal money according to our US Constitution. This is not a power that was granted to you by the Constitution and any power not granted to nor prohibited by the Federal Government is reserved exclusively to the states, and or the people. Please consider your oath of office before you vote for this unconstitutional health care bill. If you vote for this legislation I will not vote for you in the next election or any election after that. The power to control Health Care lies with the states not the federal government.
You can find and contact your US Senators and Representatives here:
Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note
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.
US Constitution Article 1 Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.