Did you know that over 700 companies are now exempt from the requirements of Obamacare? Not only are there over 700 companies that are exempt from Obamacare, but a big percentage of those who are asking for exempt status are Obama supporters. Forty percent of the workers represented come from Unions and for the most part the Unions supported Obamacare. Now they are asking for exemptions. Why?
Companies are asking for exemptions because without the exemptions they would have to drop current health care coverage for their employees. Under Obamacare rules, insurance costs become so high that companies can’t afford to pay the premiums, so they ask for an exemption. Let’s see, what part of the Constitution does this violate?
The Fourteenth Amendment comes to mind first because it promises equal protection of the laws. If the concept of equal protection is in place shouldn’t all the rest of us qualify for an exemption? Why are some exempt and others not exempt? Who gets to decide who is exempt and who is not exempt? Guess. You got it, the executive branch. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an executive branch agency gets to grant those exemptions.
What is the Department of Health and Human Services? Well, I started to read about the HHS on Wikipedia and it gave me a headache. This is crazy. To start with, HHS is one of many administrative agencies that are violating Article I, section one of the Constitution which says all legislative power shall be vested in Congress. Besides that little issue, there are many agencies that fall under the HHS umbrella. Some of those include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indian Health Services (IHS) and others. The HHS is huge and has a lot of control over the people. So HHS gets to say who is exempt from Obamacare. Good idea! That sounds like Chicago politics to me.
Another part of the Constitution that is being violated right now has to do with the Obama administration ignoring the ruling by federal Judge Roger Vinson. Judge Vinson ruled that Obamacare was unconstitutional. According to the law of our nation, when a law is ruled to be unconstitutional, it is no longer valid. Is the Obama administration paying attention to the ruling? Not at all, they continue to expect and demand implementation of Obamacare.
There have been two ruling’s against Obamacare, one by Judge Hudson and the other by Judge Vinson. Judge Vinson’s ruling was the more powerful of the two rulings and declared the whole bill to be unconstitutional because neither the commerce clause or the necessary and proper clause of the Constitution provides authority for the federal government to require citizens to buy health insurance. The Obama administration argued that the bill wouldn’t work without the provision that the citizens had to purchase health insurance. Judge Vinson took them at their word and ruled the whole bill unconstitutional.
Let’s go one step farther, The Tenth Amendment is being ignored and trampled on as well by Obamacare. According to the Tenth Amendment, the federal government does not have jurisdiction over health care issues. If any government entity is going to tackle these kinds of issues Constitutionally it needs to be the state not the federal government.
Does the Obama administration care? Not at all. What Obama wants, Obama gets!
Does Obama care what the people want? Apparently not, because, according to the Rasmussen poll of likely voters, 58% of voters favor repeal of Obamacare. While Obama is lecturing Mubarak to give the people of Egypt what they want and step down now, he (Obama) is ignoring the will of the people here. How arrogant can you be?
Will the people or will the federal government win this war? It depends on the people. It depends on whether we will stand up and be counted. It depends on how much noise we make and how vehemently we demand that the federal government respect the idea of limited government.
Go call your Congressmen and Governor and any other public servant you can think of who might have any say in this matter and let them know that Obamacare needs to be buried once and for all.