Monday, October 25, 2010

ObamaCare and the Election

"The control of the production of wealth is the control of human life itself." Hilaire Belloc

That quote came up in the context of an editorial in the Washington Examiner about Sebelius' bullying of the insurance companies to shut up and get in line, or else.

It's worth a reference here because — with the election only a week away — the repeal of ObamaCare hangs in the balance. If the House and Senate turn Republican in large enough numbers it's possible GOP leaders will grow (at least, temporary) spines and back the effort fully.

Several court cases are winding through the system, but they chiefly involve the individual mandate, which — morally grotesque as it is — really has no teeth. (The IRS is authorized by the bill to deal with refusniks but they have no legal authority in it to exact any punishments.) So, even if when the case(s) finally make it to the Supreme Court and they knock it down, the rest will still stand.

On top of that, even such staunch pro-freedom politicians as Rep. Paul Ryan are not optimistic about any rear-guard effort to defund it. If a guy that committed and knowledgeable says it won't be a slam dunk to starve the beast, I have to give it some weight.

There's another relevant aspect to that Belloc quote: ObamaCare is an attempt to control both wealth and life itself. You don't have to be a paranoid right-winger to believe there will be something like death panels, if ObamaCare stands.

The NHS is Britain already exercises a very similar authority and ObamaCare is much worse than socialized medicine — it's fascist medicine. At least under a socialized system the government is on the hook for providing something. Here, they do nothing but stand on the sidelines and make it near-impossible for health insurers and health care providers to engage in trade.

So, please join the effort this November not only to vote the Democrats out of power, but to prevent Progressive and labor union activists from their usual vote fraud. If any given race is close, they'll stuff ballots like you never saw before, and they have admitted as much openly. (Fronting faux-Tea Party supported candidates to siphon Republican votes is just one of the ways they're doing that, even in advance of the election. Illegally registering thousands of new Democratic voters is another.)

We're in for the fight of the century. It's time to make Progressives around the country even more depressed than they already are.


kelleyn said...

I'm a part of a class action lawsuit that specifically challenges the constitutionality of Obamacare.

Obamacare Class Action--Liberty Legal Foundation

Most of what I know about it comes from Liberty Legal itself. Have you heard of it? Do you think it will be helpful?

Jeff Perren said...

Hello Kelley and welcome to Shaving Leviathan. I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

I'm not a constitutional law expert, but having read Prof. Randy Barnett's articles on the subject, and knowing a little something about the history of similar cases, I believe a favorable SCOTUS decision is possible, maybe even likely. (I've commented on them here from time to time.)

Personally, I put the odds at 60:40.

I'm not familiar with Liberty Legal itself, nor their particular law suit, but I'll look into it. Thanks for the reference.