A Strong Case against Health Care “Reform” – 14 Key Points (Part 4)

This week, President Obama is once again pushing hard for so-called health care “reform.”  Such health care “reform” might better be called government-controlled or government-dictated health care for every American.  With all the debate going on, let’s summarize a strong case against so-called health care “reform.”

In Part 1, the 14 Key Points against government-controlled health care are listed.  In Parts 2, 3 and 4, reasons for each point are given.

It’s Not Constitutional – Article 1 Section 8.  A clear case can be made that health care “reform” is unconstitutional.  For starters, Article 1 Section 8 limits Congress and its abilities to create laws.  There is no reasonable way to interpret the Constitution as permitting Congress to dictate that an American join a mandatory health care program.  Also, health care “reform” can’t be considered a constitutionally-sanctioned tax either because it does not uniformly apply to all citizens.

It’s Not Constitutional – Roe v. Wade.  If you believe Roe v. Wade is constitutional based on its application of a “Right to Privacy” principle, certainly all the various medical procedures and therapies covered under a potential government-controlled health care system are also covered under a similar “Right to Privacy.”  Hence, health care “reform” is unconstitutional.  After all, if the government can’t place an “undue burden” on obtaining an abortion, how can the government place an “under burden” on obtaining a virtual colonoscopy or any other medical procedure.  Indeed, it seems to me that progressive socialists are faced with a real dilemma with health care “reform” and Roe v. Wade.  If Roe v. Wade is constitutional, health care “reform” is not constitutional.  If health care “reform” could possibly (and remotely) be considered constitutional, then Roe v. Wade must be overturned … a victory for Pro-Life proponents.

It’s Not Fiscally Sound.  This is an economic no brainer.  Medicare’s unfunded liability is about $38T and Medicaid’s costs are growing at 21% per year.  So, why would adding more costs to government-controlled health care result in fiscal solvency?  Besides, how can any program that requires 10 years of revenues to cover six years of costs be considered fiscally sound?

It’s Not Necessary because there are much Better, Free Market Solutions Available.  There are many short terms fixes that can be applied that will help enormously.  Consider, the obvious – Reasonable caps on medical liability awards, allow insurance companies to compete across state lines, allow insurance companies the freedom to develop different policies for different groups of consumers, give Medicare patients vouchers to purchase private insurance, etc.  Long term – Deregulate and privatize the health care industry.  Have a Medicaid-like “safety net” for the truly poor and needy.

It’s Not Wanted by the Majority of Americans in Poll after Poll.  In poll after poll, Americans are overwhelmingly rejecting health care “reform.”  Americans don’t want health care “reform” as currently discussed.  Shouldn’t this debate be over now?

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