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Obamacare – not out of the woodwork yet

Patterico reports that the shenanigans that were used to

a) pass the Obamacare bill and

b) get it through the supreme court

are about to collide.

You see, in order to get the bill passed, they took a bill passed by the senate, then changed the entire thing, then passed it in the house. The bill (even though it was completely different) was “deemed” to have passed the senate even though it clearly had not. But that’s not the issue.

It seems that the bill effectively now originated in the Senate. Now, in order to get the bill passed by the Supreme Court, Obama argued that the penalty was actually a tax and hence legal.

See, the US federal government actually has only a few ways in which it can make a nationwide regulation. One is regulating commerce between the states, and that was rejected as a justification by the SC since accepting it would have pretty much rendered the constitution meaningless (not that liberals were worried by that). Another is tax, and even though it was patently not a tax, the penalty charged to people without insurance was called a tax to get it cleared with the SC.

But under the constitution, tax bills have to originate with the house.

And this one didn’t.

In short, if Obamacare is really constitutional*, I’m a deep-fried chicken.

Anyway, go have a read. This particular train-wreck-of-a-law’s got a ways to go yet.

(*And by this I mean, objectively within the boundaries of federal government power set by the original founders of the United States - not “found constitutional by a majority of a panel of judges selected for their ideology”)

Michael Drake on Section 59

An excerpt that caught my attention:

The letter was dated 24 August 2005 and signed “Dr Cindy Kiro, Children’s Commissioner.” It’s message was clear: I don’t know what you’ve done; please send me a copy of what your school gave to parents so that I can know what I have been publicly criticising you for. Dr Kiro had, in the media, promised me a reprimand, and here it was. Despite her sustained public criticism of me and my school, she didn’t know what she was reprimanding me for.

She told Radio New Zealand the school was “irresponsible” and “I don’t think
the school should be doing that.” The same criticism was reported in newspapers throughout New Zealand. On national television she described me as “seriously misguided”. All that despite not knowing what I had done. All that despite the law under which she works requiring her not to “make any comment that is adverse to a person if the Commissioner has not given the person an opportunity to be heard.” When I asked her about the illegality of her comments she would not reply. It was just one of many things she won’t include in the “discussion” she initiated.

Read the whole thing. This stuff is serious abuse of power.

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