Letter: The current health care push is unconstitutional, and a disgrace

By on January 14, 2010

With the insistence of the president, Congress is attempting to authorize the government of these United States to insert itself between physicians and their patients, under the guise of “National Health Care.” Attempting to justify their actions, they point to the disastrous socialist medical plans of Canada, as well as Britain and other European countries as precedents for their action.

Talk of precedents, and precedents drawn from foreign countries? They don’t apply here. We have a written document, our Constitution, which is meant to constrain our national government from meddlesome actions just such as this. Its Fourth Amendment states the right of the people to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches and seizures, yet is not the government’s desire to interfere in a citizen’s right to choose, or not choose, his own health care an infringement upon this Amendment?

The 10th Amendment states that powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. Nowhere in the Constitution can I find a clause delegating to the government of the United States the authority to meddle in the health concerns of an individual citizen.

As to the Democrat majority in Congress, I understand well those gentlemen are not free to vote otherwise. They are coerced by the power and authority of the Presidency. They attempt to ease their consciences by claiming this to be the will of the people, but we know that it has been done according to the dictate of the White House. President Obama himself, with that vast amount of political clout and media sycophancy he manipulates, and the many false expectations he is able to hold up, has obtained these votes despite public outcry, yet this is said to be “the voice of the people.”

The voice of the people? Can we ignore the voices, the thousands of meetings, the millions of letters, phone calls and e-mails in protest of this legislation? Is it any more constitutional simply because the president commands that it be done? How different is this from the conduct of kings, tyrants and dictators, such actions of which this nation was founded to escape?

And then, to perpetuate this action of the Senate, the passage of this “Health Care Bill,” in the gloom of night, and on Christmas Eve at that, when the very public they claim to serve is distracted by the celebration of the holiday, is the ultimate disgrace.

Dennis C. Ryan