Obamacare headed to highest court

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 19, 2010

Few pieces of federal legislation have drawn the ink Obamacare has. The government-mandated healthcare system, enacted one year ago, has hit the first of likely many stumbling blocks.

The likelihood is the roadblock will not be the last impediment facing Obamacare. Eventually, nine men and women dressed in black robes will have ultimate say over whether the 2,700-page bill becomes law.

For Democrats, the passage of the health care law was a monumental piece of their vision. The left, or liberal Americans, have been clamoring for a government-based health system, while conservatives believe in limiting federal powers.

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The monumental fight reached a zenith on Christmas Eve 2009 when a divided House and Senate — in spite of an irate public (if polls are any indication) — passed the bill.

Immediately challenges to the law were put forth, most importantly the “individual mandate” which requires every American to purchase a health-insurance policy or face draconian fines from the federal government.

Obamacare supporters will point to the interstate commerce clause as to a reason the mandate should remain. That clause allows Congress to exercise control over interstate commerce and levy taxes.

Conservatives counter that nowhere in any clause does the Federal government have the authority to force citizens to have to buy a product.

For each argument for or against legislation, another can be made to counter those arguments. The last authority, in our form of governance, is the Supreme Court, and ultimately it will be they who decide the future of a government-based healthcare system.

Once the Federal government has the ability to mandate its free citizens to purchase something it deems necessary, a bit of that freedom is stripped away from us.

Nine men and women will decide the future of Obamacare. But it won’t stop the “experts” from emptying the ink barrels trying to sway their decision.