Thanks to our mid-west member for passing along this video of the great libertarian Judge Andrew Nopolitana speaking about the non relationship of healthcare & the Constitution. The Judge is a constitutional expert. In this video he explains, among other things, the Founders' meaning of the Commerce Clause that has been used by Congress exactly the opposite of its original intent - namely to regulate anything & everything they please under the guise of regulating commerce per the Constitution. In the case of BO's currently seemingly stalled healthcare insurance reform, relying on the Commerce Clause is once again the plan to ward off the constitutional challenge of 13 State Attorneys General presented on this blog last month.
Now BO's invitation for the Republicans for the first time to join the healthcare reform negotiations starting on February 25 is just the latest ruse that will end with the Senate using the parliamentary maneuver called "reconciliation" that does away with the long standing Senate rule that requires 60 votes to bring a bill's deliberations to cloture. Only a simple majority of the Senate is required under "reconciliation." Of course "reconciliation" will not be needed if the Republicans capitulate which is highly possible. BO, Pelosi, & maybe Reid consider using "reconciliation" despite the Massachusetts victory of Senator Scott "41" Brown.
Betsy McCaughey sums up this chance of a generation for the statists - "Obama defends the current Democratic health bills, claiming they will reduce the deficit. That's a shell game. These bills are paid for with $500 billion in new taxes over ten years. A vast expansion of government is not deficit reduction. It's freedom reduction." And that is exactly BO's intention.