YEAH, THEY READ THE Constitution to open the session, but it appears even the faux-constitutionalist Republicans still don’t get it.
Byron York lays out what’s being done to replace the recently-repealed Obamacare.
And this is what comes of arguing details with statists. You miss the fundamentals.
Where in that list of enumerated powers in Article 1, Section 8 is there one that goes, “…shall have the power to regulate cost pooling of medical expenses?” Where is there the power to meddle in the relationship between doctor and patient? Where is the power to require commercial activity? Where is the amendment to the 13th Amendment
forbidding permitting slavery, (for, in order to make a commercial good into a “right,” you have to first enslave the provider of that good)?
Where is the power of Congress to legislate on the matter at all?
The answer is, of course: nowhere. Congress does not have the lawful authority to legislate on the cost, price, provisions for payment, or availability of treatments in the medical field. Or any other, for that matter.
So we still have work to do. But then, we knew that, didn’t we?