In the original Star Wars, rebels fighting for freedom from the Empire destroyed Darth Vader’s Death Star, which was capable of obliterating an entire planet. The Empire was reluctant to part with such an instrument of death, however, so the Death Star was rebuilt in Return of the Jedi.
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. That should be the maxim for the federal government, which continually tries to circumvent the checks and balances system to push controversial measures. The newest example of that involves the implementation of death panels under the new healthcare law. During congressional debates over ObamaCare provisions, public outcry forced Democrats to drop proposed end-of-life planning (a.k.a. death panels) from the healthcare plan. However, the contentious debate over death panels has resurfaced as Democrats are now attempting to enact them via bureaucratic regulations.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has turned to the federal government in an attempt to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. The liberal legal group took the action after St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, lost its Catholic status because doctors there had performed an abortion on a woman whom they claimed had life-threatening complications.
A Florida federal judge hinted on Thursday at the possibility of becoming the second judge to strike down the individual mandate provision of the healthcare law, asserting that it would be a “giant leap” for the Supreme Court to rule in its favor.
Score one for the Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, in Richmond, Virginia, ruled December 13 that the ObamaCare individual mandate and its related penalties are unconstitutional, a welcome change of pace from two earlier rulings in favor of the Obama administration.