In a move that surprised most establishment conservatives, Republican Presidential Primary Candidate Newt Gingrich announced on Sunday his support for the individual healthcare mandate, which is a central aspect of federal universal healthcare legislation (ObamaCare).
The fundamental premise of universal healthcare, be it a Canadian-style government-run system or an ObamaCare-like public-private insurance scheme, is that individuals have a right to healthcare. That assumption, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), is akin to a belief in slavery. Paul made that assertion during the course of a May 11 hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, the subject of which was using community health centers to reduce emergency room use for non-emergencies.
Federal bureaucrats are at it again, interjecting themselves into affairs that should be of no concern to them. The latest overreach involves new federal guidelines which may limit the marketing to children of sugary breakfast cereals — so-called “unhealthy products.”
Item: “More than 100 health care reform advocates rallied Wednesday near the site of the new Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center to celebrate the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act,” reported the Kansas City Star on March 23. “‘For the first time in the history of this country, we will — maybe — see the end of physical suffering to a large degree,’ Rodgers CEO Hilda Fuentes told the group. The health care law has already brought several changes in medical coverage but won’t be fully implemented for several years. Many Republicans contend the law is too costly and unconstitutional.”
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Virginia’s Attorney General to expedite the legal process for the ObamaCare suit and instead required judicial review of the healthcare law to continue in federal appeals courts. As a result, the lawsuit must first be considered in appellate courts, where hearings are scheduled in May and June.
It is said of hurricanes that the danger is less the wind, and more the debris blown about by it.
Last Wednesday when President Obama addressed the nation to announce the deficit-reduction compromise, most of the “wind” concerned the conflict between the President’s approach to fiscal responsibility and that of Congressman Paul Ryan and the Republican party.
Back in February, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, announced that the Sooner State would be accepting a $54.6 million grant from the federal government to help create a health insurance exchange for Oklahomans that's required by the new healthcare law dubbed ObamaCare. But last Thursday, Fallin reversed her position, saying the state would not accept the federal grant.
Sen. Barbara Boxer can’t decide whether she wants the Internal Revenue Service to police Americans’ healthcare decisions or not.
Though the Left has not missed a beat, immediately attacking Representative Paul Ryan’s proposal to overhaul Medicare, Fox News reports that “the basic details of the plan are not so far off from several other healthcare systems — including the coverage provided to members of Congress, the Medicare Advantage program and the so-called health insurance exchanges established under the Democrats’ federal healthcare system overhaul.”
During an address delivered at a healthcare forum sponsored by Bloomberg Government, Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (pictured) described the services provided by the American health care system as on par with those in “a developing country.”
In a recent video produced by the Cato Institute, attorney David Rivkin (picture, left) declared that the individual mandate of ObamaCare is unconstitutional. He described that particular provision of the year-old health care law as violative of “centuries of settled case law,” and as “fundamentally different from every law regulating commerce that Congress has ever enacted since the the first days of our Republic.”