It is far time that there be a Politician who realizes what is actually important in the values and opinions of the people. I think we need to thank him.
Attorney General Bill McCollum plans to litigate ObamaCare into the morgue.
He denies political motives, a rather humorous assertion given press releases like this from his gubernatorial campaign staff: "Attorney General McCollum stands up for Floridians, ready to challenge Democrats' unconstitutional health-care reform.''
Is that a legal brief, Bill?
But even if this taxpayer-funded lawsuit amounts to public financing of his campaign, it is not a frivolous challenge. It may well succeed, given the current makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The lawsuit challenges the mandate that everyone buy health insurance or face a fine. Republicans call it an unprecedented federal intrusion into individual and states' rights. Big Government is forcing you to buy a service from a private provider, whether you want to or not.
"The U.S. Constitution grants no authority to Congress to compel citizens to purchase health insurance when those citizens choose not to enter the health-care market." McCollum says.
Maybe, or maybe not.
The government certainly can tax people. Massachusetts has a similar insurance mandate for its residents, which so far has held up to legal challenges.
Conservatives argue that states have rights the federal government does not. They also argue that the mandate, along with billions in added costs the states would have to absorb in expanded Medicaid benefits, is an infringement on the powers of states, which violates the 10th Amendment.
Most of the justification for all this federal intrusion revolves around the Commerce Clause.
The Commerce Clause gives Congress the right to regulate commerce between states. When the founders came up with it, I assume they were concerned about things such as New Jersey imposing a tariff on cranberries imported from Massachusetts.
But commerce is a big-tent word — and it got a lot bigger underFranklin Roosevelt's New Deal.
Just about everything involves interstate commerce these days. If you make widgets that are sold across state lines, or if you make nuts and bolts that are used in the widgets, you are engaged in interstate commerce.
Congress used the Commerce Clause to pass the Fair Labor Standards Act — which, among other things, sets minimum wages. A McDonald's worker may not sell his burgers across state lines, but he is covered because his company does.
Using the Commerce Clause, the federal government set crop quotas to prop up prices. In a landmark 1942 ruling, a farmer was prohibited from growing wheat to feed his own chickens because that would reduce the amount of wheat he would buy on the open market, thereby affecting interstate commerce in wheat.
Using the Commerce Clause, Congress banned racial discrimination in public accommodations in the 1964 Civil Rights Acts.
It's hard to argue with some of the mission creep.
But conservatives argue that the Commerce Clause has become a clause without borders. It has given the federal government carte blanche to meddle in and control our affairs.
The Federalist Society argues that in expanding the clause to health care, "Congress would have to explain how not doing something — not buying insurance and not seeking health-care service — implicated interstate commerce."
Here is how: The people least inclined to buy health insurance are younger people who think they don't need it. When they do, they can wind up in emergency rooms, where they often can't afford the bill. The hospitals and doctors then must recoup their losses by charging everybody else more.
Mandating insurance drives down health-care costs for everybody. It also allows the government to ban discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. Without the mandate, people simply could go without insurance until they get sick. Then they buy a policy, raising the cost for everybody else in the system.
If the government can limit how much wheat a farmer can grow to control costs, it can require people to buy health insurance to control costs.
"The federal government can use interstate commerce to improve society, or hold up the price of wheat or give health care," says Bruce Jacob, a dean emeritus at the Stetson University College of Law. "Based on the law as it now exists, I don't think this challenge is going to win."
But the way the law exists now may not be how it exists if the current U.S. Supreme Court gets this case. The court has been throwing out precedents on everything from partial-birth abortion to the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law.
Given its antipathy to increased federal power, there's no reason to think the court would hold current interpretations of the Commerce Clause sacrosanct.
Such a ruling is three years or more away, given the speed of the appellate process.
If the court did toss the mandate, that would not negate ObamaCare, just one of the funding mechanisms.
Who knows what the world will be like then? ObamaCare could be repealed, amended or become so wildly popular that Bill McCollum will get hammered for undermining it.
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I came across a story on myspace. I felt compelled to reach out to the family of this little girl. In a situation where a parent must go to work, you trust that your infant is safe hands in a child care facility. This young girl was only 6 months old and suffered a severe beating by the person intrusted to her care. She is still severely physically injured and still to this day suffering through seizures and extreme problems due to the fracture they caused in her skull.
You would never think that any one who is employed to work with infants could do some thing like this. I have seen neglect, but complete physical harm to me was unimaginable. I want every one to see this, and sign, because some one getting away with this is just not forgivable.
I have been looking at my life through others eyes lately so while trying to find some old friends on myspace I came across a profile. The profile picture resembled a young girl my son was very close with and they shared a name. So I thought I would look to see if maybe it was her. My world was shattered with the horror of a 6 month old baby fighting for her life after she was beaten at the mear age of only 6 months in her child care facility in Missorri.
The person responsible has not been brought to justice, here this amazing young girl is going in once again for brain surgery because she is having seizures, and here I sit wondering what I can do. I am scared at the thought that in America we have become so issolated to what is going on around us that no one is willing to stand up for the right thing in a situation where if the administrator would have checked or if another person walked into the room. Or go to say that did happen, I don't know the full story why these people are not so consumed with guilt that they come forward.
Have we all become so detached and self concerned that we are not even willing to do the right thing no matter what. I am scared that every where I turn there are bad things happening to children and no one willing to help. I have had my own troubles with schools and day care centers, none as bad as this, I made my voice heard with the slightest hint of neglect and yet this year I knew there was some thing going on in my childs class and as the school year comes to a close I am so angry at myself for not standing up and making sure that it stopped. I just assumed it must have but now talking to the other parents as we gather and make plans for the summer I am finding that it is still going on and I just did not keep at my instinctual feeling.
I am finding myself frustrated with the fact that I like so many others have let an injustice to a child slide for the fact that I knew better. The school has been approached with the problem and the principle has neglected to solve it and it has been going on for years so for the first time in my life I silenced myself knowing that no matter what I said nothing would change instead of just taking my child out of the school due to lack of money.
I believe that it is time I start putting my life on the track of where I know it needs to be, to make the difference I know I can and to show my children that no matter how hard. I am going to do the right thing and I will not be silenced.
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