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Monday, February 01, 2010

Four Reasons Health Care Bill Must Be Rejected

Here are four reasons why Obama's health care legislation should be rejected.

1. The American people are against it almost 2 to 1 in the CNN poll. Other polls also show lopsided opposition. Public opinion is against the bill because of its obscene costs in higher taxes, burdensome debt, anti-freedom mandates, and rationing for seniors. The American people have awakened to the fact that Obamacare is transformational legislation that will drag us against popular will into European-style Socialism.

2. The Democrats engaged in double-counting the health-care bill's financial benefits, and their claim has been exposed as a colossal lie. Harry Reid told the Senate that his bill strengthens our future by both "cutting our towering national deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years" AND "strengthening Medicare and extending its life by nearly a decade." The Congressional Budget Office said that is false, saying the claim that Obamacare would provide these benefits simultaneously would "double-count a large share of those savings and thus overstate the improvement in the government's fiscal position."

3. Obamacare is unconstitutional because of its mandate that all individuals must carry health insurance. Congress simply does not have the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance as a condition of living in our country. This "universal" coverage will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service with power to punish those who don't have "approved" health insurance.

4. Since the Senate bill imposes sharp limits on insurance companies' ability to raise fees or exclude coverage, it probably will force many of them out of business. That would be unconstitutional because it violates the Bill of Rights protections against taking people's property without due process of law.

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