Sheila Jackson Lee: Obamacare is a Consitutional Right

Posted: Jan 19, 2011 9:39 AM
The second a massive, unpopular government entitlement program enters its implementation phase, it instantaneously transforms into a sacrosanct Constitutional right.  That's the word from noted Constitutional scholar Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX):

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said on Tuesday afternoon that repealing the national health care law would violate the Constitution.

Arguing that the Commerce Clause provides the constitutional basis for ObamaCare, Jackson Lee said repealing the law by passing Republicans' H.R. 2 violates both the Fifth Amendment's right to due process and the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause.

The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process," she said in a speech on the House floor moments ago. "That is what H.R. 2 does and I rise in opposition to it. And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.

She continued, "Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”

I'm no lawyer, but reading this "analysis" makes my head hurt.  As Jackson Lee imagines it, repealing Obamacare (which may actually be unconstitutional) would deprive citizens of "due process" and "equal protection" under the law.  Just in case she hadn't made her point crystal clear, she went on:

"I’m prepared to stand, extend a hand of friendship, standing on the Constitution to enable us to provide for all the citizens of this country. This bill has been vetted. This bill is constitutional and it protects the Constitutional rights of those who ask the question: ‘Must I die? Must my child die, because I am now disallowed from getting insurance?'"

It hurts. 

An unconstitutional bipartisan vote to repeal Obamacare is expected to pass the House later today.