Thursday, December 16, 2010

Socialism, Interrupted

Well, my terrific readers, here's the wonderful news
which I, your faithful Peasant, promised to get to you
before the weekend; Obamacare lost a battle in court,
and this development could lead to its complete defeat!

Just a few days ago, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson
ruled that the U.S. Government cannot require Americans
to purchase health insurance. Judge Hudson wrote that
no court has ever expanded the Commerce Clause of the
Constitution to allow the government to regulate a person's
decision not to buy a product, in this case health coverage.
"It's about an individual's right to choose to participate,"
Judge Hudson opined. Or not participate. But making all
Americans buy a certain amount of health care coverage
was an important component of Obamacare, getting us
on the way to mandatory health care provided by Uncle
Sam. This ruling deals a major setback to all that.

Judge Hudson has stated, in his order, that he will allow
the law to remain in effect while appeals are heard. The
insurance coverage mandate does not take effect until
2014, so the whole matter should be resolved well before
that time, and likely will be resolved in favor of the op-
position to the national health legislation the way things
are now going.

In closing, Judge Hudson wrote "The outcome of this
case has significant public policy implications," and
"the final word will undoubtedly reside with a higher
court." This case will certainly go to the Supreme
Court, as it is being so hotly contested by both sides,
each side confident in its declarations.

Judge Hudson is the first federal judge to strike down
a key part of Obamacare. Several other lawsuits have
been dismissed with others pending, including one filed
by the attorneys general of twenty states. This is most
joyful news for those of us who favor the marketplace
over government mandates, constitutional restraint over
political whimsy, and individual freedom of choice over
legislative coercion. What a wonderful way to finish 2010,
a year of great political triumphs, and to greet 2011 ---
a year which is ever growing in great promise! Statism
is on the way out; freedom is making its way back in!

Meanwhile, our Christmas will be truly merry!


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