Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A review of the improper and imperious enactment of the Affordable Care Act without proper vetting and/or open debate

The Affordable Care Act was passed over the objections of the minority party with the majority failing to even recognize the amendments offered by the minority party and in my view exceeding both the bounds of both Congressional rules and Constitution statute. This kind of specious action was decried in the Federalist Papers #10 by none other than then future President James Madison and I quote;

Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union, none deserves to more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction; that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minority party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority...                                                                                                                                                 
It is in vain to say that enlightened statesmen will be able to adjust these clashing interests and render them all subservient to the public good.  Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm to prevail over the immediate interest which one party may find in disregarding the rights of another or the good of the whole...                                                                                                                                                              
A common passion or interest will, if there is nothing to check the inducements, sacrifice the weaker party or individual.  Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests of the people.

A simple review of this specious act is in order; the size and scope of the act with its near 2,400 pages is in and of its self too large to be understood by the supporters of the act and more importantly the populace that it will impact. When you add the near 11,000 pages of regulations that attend the act the senses are dulled to make any rational assessment of the act near impossible. To top it all off the use of 18 Executive Orders have been used to change and/or amend the act, adding even more confusion.

Statements by Senator Patty Murray that she “not only read but helped write the act”; Representative Nancy Pelosi stating that “we must pass the act to find out what’s in it”; Jonathon Gruber’s assertion that the “ignorance of the American People” helped passage of the act; and Senator Harry Reid’s out-right denial of debate on the Senate floor only add to the distrust of the act and the people who foisted the entire affair and its attendant costs on an already over-burdened American public.

The statement that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the cost of health care is a blatant lie that has been exposed for what it is.  Must we continue the charade or shall we scrap the entire act and start over?  As for me, I choose the second option and look forward to removing from office the charlatans that both supported and so thoroughly duped the American people with mendacious rhetoric.

Walter Mow 2015

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