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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Patriot Enclave-show notes: 2-24

The Obama Administration is looking for a few good men.....they can even be fake men, that would be cool.

The Wisconsin protests: a study in out of control unions and real rhetoric.
(AUDIO) Rachel Maddow needs to learn the facts of this case AND now it's cool to use maneuvers to stop the majority from doing stuff you don't like.
(AUDIO) Lest we forget that Obama campaigned on promoting the union agenda.
That might explain why MoveOn.org was in WI helping out the teachers.
(AUDIO) Isn't "Kill the bill" violent rhetoric?
(AUDIO) Rep Michael Capuano thinks you gotta get a little bloody once in a while.

A federal judge refuses to hear a case about the health control bill, unfortunately I couldn't disagree more with her reasoning.

But the most important part of her decision may be her specific response to the slippery slope argument that legal critics of the mandate, including Judges Henry Hudson an Roger Vinson, have made. This is what has become known as the “broccoli argument”: If the government can make you pay for health care, the critics say, then why can’t it make you buy broccoli? Or a GM car? Or anything else?

This second aspect of the health care market distinguishes the ACA from Plaintiffs’ hypothetical scenario in which Congress enacts a law requiring individuals to purchase automobiles in an attempt to regulate the transportation market. Even assuming that all individuals require transportation in the same sense that all individuals require medical services, automobile manufacturers are not required by law to give cars to people who show up at their door in need of transportation but without the money to pay for it. Similarly, food and lodging are basic necessities, but the Court is not aware of any law requiring restaurants or hotels to provide either free of charge.
It should be emphasized that this distinction is not merely a useful limiting principle on Congress’s Commerce Clause power. Rather, it is a basic, relevant fact about the operation of the health care market which is critical to understanding the ACA’s efforts to reform the health care system. The requirement placed upon medical providers by federal law to care for the sick and injured without recompense is part of the cost-shifting problem that Congress sought to redress by enacting the ACA. When a supplier is obligated by law to produce goods or services for free, there is bound to be a substantial effect on market prices if consumers’ behavior results in that obligation’s frequent invocation.