Christopher Merola

March 23, 2012, marks the 2-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becoming law, otherwise known as “Obama Care.” It was On March 23, 2010 that President Obama signed the act into law and sanctioned one of the greatest power grabs by our federal government in our nation’s history.

The Obama Care bill is unconstitutional on many counts. From the 5th and 14th Amendments that require the federal government to give American citizens due process of law in order to take our life, liberty and property from us; to the 10th Amendment that allows the states to determine matters not specified in the Constitution, this Obama Care law is a complete trampling upon the liberties of all Americans.

Let’s consider the basis upon which Obama and the Democrat Congress enacted the Obama Care law in the first place. They passed the bill in Congress based on their interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States. However, the Commerce Clause only gives the federal government the power to regulate how Commerce is traded between the states. The federal government has no authority to tell the American people what kind of commerce to buy. Yet, that is precisely what Obama Care does.

Furthermore, the federal government has no authority to fine the American people when they don’t buy a certain brand of commerce, in this case, the Obama Care brand insurance. That is also what this law does to the American people.

The Democrats used a specious argument -- one that sounded good on the surface, but had no real substance of any kind. Think of a package of bubble gum. The federal government has the constitutional power to regulate the packaging and selling of bubble gum between the states, for instance. However, the federal government has no constitutional authority to tell the American people which brand of bubble gum we must buy or chew. Well, chew up, America. The Democrats are forcing us to buy and chew their brand of health care.

Think back to when this issue was being discussed and debated. We were told by members of the Democrat Party and some of their cohorts in the media, that there were millions of Americans living without health insurance. Supposedly, the federal takeover of the health care industry, which represents about 1/6 of our nation’s economic output, would ensure that everyone had access to a health care plan. Conservatives in Congress and in the media warned that the opposite would take place.

Christopher Merola

Christopher Merola is the President of Red Momentum Strategies, LLC, a conservative political strategy and communications company in Washington, DC.