I’ve been saying all along that the provisions in the Obamacare plans that force individual citizens to purchase health insurance under penalty of fine or imprisonment is unconsitutional and unprecedented. (See Sec. 1501: REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE on page 320)Never before has the U.S. government forced citizens to engage in a contract or purchase goods or services…. nor should they. Ever.
Senators DeMint and Ensign have raised a Constitutional Point of Order on the Senate floor against the Democrat health care takeover bill on behalf of the Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators. The Senate will vote tomorrow on the bill’s constitutionality.
And I’m glad to see them address the car insurance red herring as well.
“Forcing every American to purchase a product is absolutely inconsistent with our Constitution and the freedoms our Founding Fathers hoped to protect,” said Senator DeMint. “This is not at all like car insurance, you can choose not to drive but Americans will have no choice whether to buy government-approved insurance. This is nothing more than a bailout and takeover of insurance companies. We’re forcing Americans to buy insurance under penalty of law and then Washington bureaucrats will then dictate what these companies can sell to Americans. This is not liberty, it is tyranny of good intentions by elites in Washington who think they can plan our lives better than we can.”
There’s nothing Democrats hate more than being on the record with their votes. As evidenced by their three midnight/weekend/holiday votes on this current healthcare fiasco, they would prefer to do things behind closed doors so they can come out spinning… rather than promote their policies publicly where they can be held up for scrutiny and debate.