On Jan. 31, Florida judge, Roger Vinson, ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional. This lawsuit was brought against the Obama Administration by 26 states and argues that the individual mandate violates the commerce clause and is therefore unconstitutional. The judge didn’t stop there, stating that because this one part of the law is unconstitutional, therefore the entire law must be thrown out. I must agree with Judge Vinson.
How can the United States government regulate, or force, me to buy any good or service, and if I don’t I’m penalized? If I’m not participating in commerce (by not buying insurance), then they have no authority over that aspect of my life. If they had that authority, where would it stop? They could force you and me to buy any good or service and penalize us if we don’t. President Obama himself, while campaigning in 2008, stated that you could not have an individual mandate in the law. He said it would be like forcing people to buy a house to fix homelessness.
If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.
I guess he had a change of heart. While we are talking about the penalty, let’s also clear up a little lie by the administration. They argue that there is no new tax on the middle class. However, in order to collect the “penalty” in the health care law they have to make it a tax so that they have the authority to collect. It is essentially a huge power grab and one more attempt for bureaucratic lawmakers to control our lives by controlling our healthcare decisions.
And no, it’s not like car insurance. First, I don’t have to drive a car if I don’t want to (even though if they can force me to buy insurance what would stop them from forcing me to buy a car or be penalized for not?). I can walk, take a train, carpool… you get the idea. Second, the laws governing car insurance are enacted by the state. If you don’t like how your state handles it, you are free to move to another state.
Obamacare is a very dangerous law that gives the federal government way too much power to dictate my life and your life. I’m glad the judge ruled it unconstitutional, because if we don’t stand up to laws like this now, where will they ever stop? Ronald Reagan said freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. If we want our children to grow up in a free society, we must continue to fight against the federal government stripping away our freedoms and controlling more and more of our lives.
To read more about Judge Vinson’s ruling click here.