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Constitution Mandates Health Care, Say Representatives
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 22 Jan 2011 | John Semmens

Posted on 01/22/2011 12:27:13 PM PST by John Semmens

In the midst of the Republican move to repeal last year’s health care legislation, several Democratic members of Congress advanced their case for the Constitutionality of the legislation.

Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia) sought to rebut the Republican case for repealing the law by arguing that “the right to health care is mandated by the Constitution.” As Lewis sees it, “The Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. That means if one person has health insurance then it is the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has it.”

The Congressman rejected the GOP claim that forcing a person to purchase a product he may not want infringes on his liberty. “The concept of liberty is too vague to really be enforceable,” Lewis argued. “As I understand what the GOP is saying, liberty appears to mean that the government’s authority ought to be restricted in some way. I don’t see how the government can be expected to enforce restrictions on itself. I could also point out that the Constitution’s Preamble, where the word ‘liberty’ appears, has been superceded by the 14th Amendment’s subsequent guarantee of equality.”

Bolstering Lewis’ point, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) maintained that “health care is a right that the government has the power to enforce whether people like it or not. We can’t let people pick and choose which rights they want to exercise and which they don’t. Forcing everyone to enjoy the same rights is the only way we can ensure equality for all.”

Meanwhile, Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) insisted that “the Constitution’s ‘good and welfare’ clause is all the justification we need to support the Constitutionality of the health care law. We force people to do things all the time. We force them to pay for Social Security. We force them to undergo x-ray screening at airports. If the government decides a citizen’s welfare requires him to pay for health care insurance he must pay for it. We are the law makers. Citizens must do what the laws we make tell them to do.”

“Besides, I think it was President Washington who said that government is force,” Conyers added. “So, with both the Constitution and the ‘father of our country’ on our side the case for compelling everyone to buy health insurance is well supported.”

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TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Humor; Politics
KEYWORDS: constitution; equality; liberty; satire

1 posted on 01/22/2011 12:27:14 PM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

“The Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. That means if one person has health insurance then it is the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has it.”

When do I get my new BMW?


2 posted on 01/22/2011 12:30:00 PM PST by Guardian Sebastian
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To: Guardian Sebastian

>>When do I get my new BMW?<<

I am holding out for my Beach House (with chauffeur, so who needs a BMW?) If one person gets a beach house with staff, then it is the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has one.


3 posted on 01/22/2011 12:32:39 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: freedumb2003

I think we are going to need several houses for all of our new equality stuff.


4 posted on 01/22/2011 12:33:48 PM PST by Guardian Sebastian
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To: John Semmens

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” — George Washington

When government forced escaped slaves who were caught to return to their owners, was that an acceptable use of government force, Mr. Conyers?


5 posted on 01/22/2011 12:33:48 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: John Semmens

AGGH!!! YOU GOT ME!!!


6 posted on 01/22/2011 12:33:57 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: John Semmens

A month in Michigan’s upper peninsula every summer would make me happy. I can’t afford it so clearly my “rights” are being infringed upon.


7 posted on 01/22/2011 12:34:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: John Semmens

These Representatives are really ignorant SOBs. They can’t possibly believe that crap. The 14 Amendment doesn’t give the Govt a license to redistribute wealth or require the govt to create laws to make sure no one has inequality in life quality. It is speaking only of the law. That means that any man should be treated equally under the law. Which means that if a crime is committed against or by one man who is black or one man who is white, rich or poor, in congress or not that the law should not treat them differently. Even though that is not the case that is the purpose of the 14 amendment.


8 posted on 01/22/2011 12:37:33 PM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: John Semmens
“The concept of liberty is too vague to really be enforceable,”

Quite true these daze.

9 posted on 01/22/2011 12:39:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: All

D = Dumb as a box of Rocks.


10 posted on 01/22/2011 12:39:50 PM PST by troy McClure
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To: freedumb2003; John Semmens

You have to stay on your toes with John..

lol!


11 posted on 01/22/2011 12:39:51 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: John Semmens

John Lewis is a brave and good man who TRULY had a role in the civil rights struggle.

He is however hardly an intellect or a legal scholar.

It is painful to hear the man speak.

But still. He has courage. Let him have that.


12 posted on 01/22/2011 12:41:27 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Maelstorm

“These Representatives are really ignorant SOBs. They can’t possibly believe that crap.”

Take a look at the source and get back to us. ;)


13 posted on 01/22/2011 12:41:54 PM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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To: John Semmens
"Forcing everyone to enjoy the same rights is the only way we can ensure equality for all.” "

Let's see...

Some people have guns.

I don't.

To be able to exercise my rights, the gov't needs to give me some guns or some guns from someone else, or something like that.

It's from the pursuit clause.

14 posted on 01/22/2011 12:41:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Blueflag

At least they have been forced to refer to the Constitution. It’s a baby step forward.


15 posted on 01/22/2011 12:43:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek
"....I can’t afford it..."

Don't they have a homeless shelter in Houghton or else where to stay? Maybe the 24 hr Casinos? Be creative man. Live the dream.

16 posted on 01/22/2011 12:45:40 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Maelstorm
>>The 14 Amendment doesn’t give the Govt a license to redistribute wealth or require the govt to create laws to make sure no one has inequality in life quality. It is speaking only of the law. That means that any man should be treated equally under the law. Which means that if a crime is committed against or by one man who is black or one man who is white, rich or poor, in congress or not that the law should not treat them differently.<<

The legitimate powers of government extend to only such acts as are injurious to others.

-THOMAS JEFFERSON, Life and Selected Writings
17 posted on 01/22/2011 12:46:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Maelstorm

:(

You’re popping my bubble!


18 posted on 01/22/2011 12:47:54 PM PST by Guardian Sebastian
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To: John Semmens

Semi-Satire? Oh. So what does that mean? Some of the ‘Ratb0z0s really said some of the stuff in quotes?


19 posted on 01/22/2011 12:53:56 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: John Semmens

“That means if one person has health insurance then it is the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has it.”

OK then apply it to food, housing, autos, degrees, vacations, walkin’ around money and similar. Oh hell, apply it to everything. Everybody has the same - each according to his needs.

Oh, but especially, let’s apply it to the perks that Congress enjoys.


20 posted on 01/22/2011 1:00:54 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Paladin2
It's from the pursuit clause.

Don't ya just love it when dimokrats confuse the Declaration with the Constitution? I know I do. Dumkauffs.

21 posted on 01/22/2011 1:40:34 PM PST by mc5cents (Government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: mc5cents

Ya, I know the whole Sanity Claus thing has them totally bamboozled.


22 posted on 01/22/2011 1:57:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: John Semmens

Liars


23 posted on 01/22/2011 1:57:56 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: John Semmens
As Lewis sees it, “The Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. That means if one person has health insurance then it is the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has it.”

So if one person makes $174,000 per year for a part time government job, then that government's responsibility is to make sure everyone has a part time government job paying $174,000 per year. Where's my paycheck, Congressman? It's my Constitutional Right. The 14th Amendment says so.

Idiot.

24 posted on 01/22/2011 2:03:07 PM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: John Semmens
OMG, that's like, Teacher, Billy has gum but the rest of the class doesn't! WE DEMAND GUM!!!

Haha,
25 posted on 01/22/2011 2:19:24 PM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: John Semmens
OMG, that's like, Teacher, Billy has gum but the rest of the class doesn't! WE DEMAND GUM!!!

Haha,
26 posted on 01/22/2011 2:19:29 PM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Paladin2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS2khYJZKwA


27 posted on 01/22/2011 2:26:07 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: John Semmens

Our notion of “rights” originated in the Saxon “customary” law which underlies English common law, which was received as the basis for American law. Rights included the physical rights of “were” (protection/security of life or limb); the psychological status rights of “mund” (peace, privacy, conscience); and the ownership rights of private property.
Added to these were the civil or procedural rights wrested from the English king over centuries: presumption of innocence, juries, due process, equality before the law, reasonable search and seizure, etc.

Health care, food, housing, water are not rights. Rights do not extend to “equity” or equal fiscal circumstances. Equality before the law means the rule of law, not persons -that the judge applies the law the same way to a traffic violation or murder committed by a rich white man as a poor black one.

Can’t we require a civics proficiency test before people serve in Congress? Geez!


28 posted on 01/22/2011 2:55:54 PM PST by marsh2
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