Some Republicans, including Mr. Romney, have been talking about “repealing and replacing” Obama’s health care program. What is this about “replacing”? What gives them the idea that the federal government’s role should be to manage health care at all? Yes, there are a few initiatives that would make the system work better, such as eliminating the tax deduction for employer provided health insurance, reforming the malpractice liability laws and allowing interstate sale of insurance. But I don’t trust these guys enough not to suspect that they will succumb to the temptation to pander — i.e., keep some of the more “popular” features of Obamacare, such as guaranteed issue even for pre-existing conditions, keeping “children” under 27 years on their parents plans, and other such provisions. This keeps the door open for future congresses (of both parties) to load up the health-care industry with other goodies to buy votes.
So to keep it honest we must insist that the next congress:
a) Repeal the Obamacare legislation in its entirety. Bury the monster in a pit with a wood stake through the heart.
b) Pass a constitutional amendment that specifically defines and limits the taxing power of the federal government by type of tax and purpose of tax — obviously excluding Judge Roberts’ twisted logic of a tax on not doing something the government commands.
c) Pass a constitutional amendment that drastically narrows the scope of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause down to a pin-hole, and then begin whittling down the damage that has been done in the name of that huge loophole.
d) Seize the opportunity to appoint as many true constitutional conservatives to the court as possible.
Am I dreaming? Yes, I’m still dreaming the American dream of freedom and opportunity through truly limited government. If enough of us believe in this it could still come to pass. It’s worth a try before we die.