May 25, 2012 > HealthCare... Who Cares?
HealthCare... Who Cares?
By J. Dennis Wolfe
It has been quite a year-plus since my last column. Suffice it to say that in addition to working on my new internet website business for the last two years, since January of 2011, I also have been and remain a caregiver to my wife, my stepfather, and was for my Mom, who sadly passed away in December of last year. Life gives us the ability to be sad or see and seize opportunities; it is best to take a hold of the opportunities and do your best. With that thought in mind, it is time to get back to writing.
What better welcome back subject than the pending Supreme Court rulings on ObamaCare. What is reality and what is fiction? Some people believe this law is great; that it has no flaws. That is fiction. All laws limit our freedoms by definition. The reality is that there are flaws to this law significant enough that the Supreme Court gave more time to hearings on this matter than any other case in modern court history.
Respecting the constitution means we live by the Supreme Court decisions. Regardless of our feelings, they are the final authority and there is no appeal. To change the effects of a decision, Congress must draft and pass a new law.
In 1991, I wrote that while I believe the proposed national healthcare mandate is unconstitutional, it is necessary. However, any mandate needs to be implemented at the local level and voted upon by the people who live in the region where the care is being delivered.
The Supreme Court could easily vote 6-3 against the mandate of this law. The second major issue is what to do with the entire law. I believe the rest of the law will also be struck down by a 5-4 vote since there is no Severability Clause in ObamaCare (all the pieces of the law must pass muster in the courts or none of it stands).
Where are we headed if the Supreme Court Justices overturn any part of or the entire law? Will the Executive Branch accept an adverse ruling? If the answer is "no," the White House could, by executive fiat, fund the now-unconstitutional law, thereby bypassing the Legislative Branch's constitutional authority to fund the government while simultaneously challenging the Judicial Branch's constitutional authority to rule on laws brought to them.
If the court lets the entire law stand, will Congress cut funding for the regulations? If so, will the Executive Branch do an end run around Congress and unconstitutionally circumvent congressional funding cuts?
Regardless of the court's decision, there is a possibility of a constitutional crisis. We are all caught in the middle and, regardless of what decisions in this matter come down from The Court, and how the Legislative and Executive Branches address it, people are still having trouble paying for coverage or obtaining it in the first place. We desperately need resolution. However, until we define the issue as "health care cost-delivery reform" instead of "health care reform," we are never going to get there.
In a future column I will discuss my new website and what it means for you. For those who would like to be beta-testers, please contact me. Tier One is free to all. Simply go to: www.1800wecare4you.com and register. It is that simple; feedback is most welcome.
Stay healthy. Stay tuned. Get involved. Learn what is being done to you under the cover of daylight! Your life now does indeed depend upon it.