Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:40

Why Should Congress Enjoy Special ObamaCare Subsidies? (Video)

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What happens when the governing class is not held accountable to the same laws that they have imposed on the people such as ObamaCare?

Thomas Jefferson believed that “legislators ought not to stand above the law they create but ought generally to be bound by it as are ordinary persons.”

James Madison expounded on this principle in Federalist No. 57, explaining that Congress “can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”

It is a principle based on plain fairness and common sense. And it is going to play a key role in the ongoing battle over ObamaCare.

Every member of Congress who voted for the deceptively named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, knows that they are facing potential political extinction in the November 2014 elections because of that vote.

There is plenty in the ObamaCare program to outrage everyone. The New American has reported extensively on the many oppressive and unconstitutional features of this federal takeover, which makes up one-sixth of the American economy. Employer mandates, individual mandates, IRS snooping and fines, a dysfunctional healthcare website, security nightmares, identity theft, etc. But perhaps one of the most troubling issues that will plague incumbents in the upcoming congressional elections is the matter of the controversial exemptions to ObamaCare that the Washington ruling class arranged for themselves. ObamaCare cheerleaders vehemently insist that it is wrong to call the special privileges they are receiving “exemptions.” Technically they may be correct, but substantively they are wrong.

Thanks to pressure from constitutionalists and Tea Partiers, ObamaCare now requires that members of Congress and their staffs purchase healthcare insurance provided under ObamaCare. However, as we have reported, Democrat and Republican leaders later connived with President Obama to have the Office of Personnel Management come up with an illegal ruling that has us, the taxpayers, subsidize 75 percent of the premium costs for members of Congress and their staffs. As a result, they can keep their luxurious Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. This amounts to $5,000 in subsidy for an individual plan and $11,000 for a family plan. Is this the same treatment under the law as “ordinary persons,” as Thomas Jefferson put it? Not hardly. Tens of millions of Americans have had their health insurance canceled due to ObamaCare and now are facing ObamaCare sticker shock. But they cannot simply vote themselves fat subsidies.

In relation, James Madison also stated:

If it be asked, what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer: the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America.

He then concluded:

If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate any thing but liberty.

Have we become so debased as to tolerate this law, but not liberty? Will we degenerate into tyranny, as Jefferson warned? Or will we revive the vigilant and manly spirit that once typified America, and force Congress to repeal ObamaCare? We can speed that day by forcing Congress to give up their special subsidies and be subject to the same pains and burdens of ObamaCare they are forcing on us, the “ordinary persons” Jefferson referred to.

 

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3 comments

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:11 posted by Heidi Preston

    Not to put to fine a point on this issue, but it needs to be said. I have read the question over and over again in news articles, history books, blogs, opinion pieces and biographies; how could the German people during Hitlers' (real name was Schicklgruber, his father Alois Schicklgruber legally changed it to Hitler in 1876) time just stand by and support this outrageous political figure and transform the Country and it's people into a collective hive of destruction and Tyranny? He did not do it alone, he had help.

    Well, now you know how it was done and not all the German people supported (Schicklgruber )Hitler or it's regime , contrary to popular belief and disinformation of history books; they, like us right now, got caught in the under current of the wave that enveloped them and pulled them under and the rest unfortunately is history.

    NOW, is the time to act ( write your Statesman/women and the President) and turn the tide back to the Constitutionality the Nation was founded on. As it has been said many times before...if we don't learn from mistakes then we are bound to repeat them and WE will lose our Liberty and that you can count on,

  • Comment Link Joyce Tuesday, 14 January 2014 23:56 posted by Joyce

    They shouldn't even be receiving their salary, much less a subsidy on their insurance, since they haven't been carrying out their sworn duty of supporting and protecting our
    Constitution from both foreign and domestic threats for at least 50+ years.

    From the way they have been voting to pass bills totally outside the meaning of the Constitution, most of them must not have bothered to read it at all.

    Don't know about the rest of you, but my opinion is that the salaries of all the legislators and their pensions should have been cut, before cutting those of the guys putting their lives on the line for the safety of all of us, including those legislators.

    The should all be ---- HANGING THEIR HEADS IN SHAME!!!!!

  • Comment Link Rocky Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:20 posted by Rocky

    Why ? Because WE let them get away with it !

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