As questions go, asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she’s fine with the idea of people serving prison time for failing to procure health coverage is a pretty good one. However, the one question I’d like to ask Ms. Pelosi simply is not being asked. Somebody, please:
Speaker Pelosi, forget the threat of prison time — where in the United States Constitution is Congress or anybody else granted the authority to mandate that Americans acquire health insurance coverage?
Both the General Welfare Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause, the two traditional provisions cited by liberals to constitutionally justify expansive entitlement programs, were designed to operate only within the enumerated powers granted to Congress by the document itself, specifically Article I, Section 8. Neither is a blank check for the federal government to do whatever it sees fit.
Furthermore, aside from the blanket unconstitutionality of her legislation, Pelosi’s underlying arguments are all wrong. The cost of so-called “uncompensated care,” incurred by the rest of us for services provided by hospital emergency rooms and such to those without insurance, only accounted for less than 2.5 percent of all health care costs during 2008. That’s it. But never let those little things called “facts” stand in the way of idealism and the Democrats’ bloodlust for governmental control. Heck, if they wanted to look at facts, perhaps they could start with the not-so-astronomical 2.2 percent profit margin enjoyed by those evil insurance companies.
Also, does anyone else find it even slightly ironic how Pelosi says that those people living free off the health care system at paying taxpayer expense simply is unacceptable? How is that any different than every other byproduct of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty? How is that any different than the unwed mother of six buying Snickers bars with her food stamp card while chatting with her friend on a new Blackberry? Perhaps Pelosi’s repeated facial surgeries have left her completely unable to smell the fecal matter she’s shoveling. Or, perhaps she just doesn’t care.
The video above, showing how the House Speaker is okay with sending Americans to prison for balking at an unconstitutional mandate should be shown to everybody in the nation. Everybody. These people are actively working to undermine our liberty. These people are actively micturating upon the ideas and ideals on which our republic was founded.