I hail from the great commonwealth of Virginia. A local paper in an online posting recently asked what I thought about the historic health care reform; so I gave my two cents. I took that input, expanded upon it, and then posted it here. This issue extend far beyond Virginia.
What am I talking about?
Well, our Attorney General – Ken Cuccinelli has vowed to resist the ‘individual mandate to purchase insurance’ provision in the new health care bill. He put up and passed a bill through the Virginia legislature that says that Virginians do not have to buy health insurance. So, come 2013, Virginia and some other states are going to run headlong into this federal health care bill and its patent unconstitutionality. Guess what side I’m on?
The side of freedom.
Repeatedly during the debate, we heard many Democrats say that health care is a right, not a priveledge. Name me any other right that you are REQUIRED to purchase, lest you suffer a tax penalty?
You can’t because rights aren’t goods sold to you by anyone, much less a for-profit company. Rights are given to you by God, not the 111th Congress of the United States of America. Every man has them, unfortunately, many governments either do not allow or seek to control those rights.
Here in the U.S., the Bill of Rights limits what government can do to you. It is NOT the other way around. It is not an exclusive list of rights that government grants you and can only be added to by writ of the federal government. That distinction is in essence the 9th Amendment.
Virginia can challenge this bill due to the violation of this sentiment along with violiations of the 10th Amendment. The 10th Amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Since the power to mandate health care as mandatory isn’t listed, it is unconstitutional for the federal government to decree such laws.
Just apply the standards of your daily life to this mandate. This is like making you buy car insurance when you turn 16 just because you have the ability to drive a car; regardless of whether you actually choose to drive or not. Now look at health care mandated insurance. Unless you are mentally ill, you won’t choose to not live, so you are forced to buy insurance or be taxed for living.
If you want to buy health insurance, fine…but how can any freedom-loving people even begin to think that government has the right to tell you how to spend your money? This isn’t a tax, this is a mandate to purchase something enforced with the threat of further punitive taxes.
Since when were you forced to purchase your ‘rights’ and what is next? By that analysis, there is a flaw in the logic. Health insurance is not a right – which destroys a portion of their moral justification. Even then, if government can now legally tell you that as a healthy person you have to buy a good you most likely won’t use then what about other government decreed ‘rights’? In the name of ‘social justice’ or ‘for the common good’, I envision this kind of government to declare food, clothing, and shelter to be ‘rights’ as well – and similarly be funded by all to pay for those that can’t afford it. How is that freedom?
This is the first step down a slippery slope of tyranny.
Barry Goldwater said it best: “Government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”
Sic Semper Tyrannus – Thus Always To Tyrants.
From the seal of Virginia, you see that Cuccinelli and the VA legislature are living up to this promise.