(Due to the nation’s and Supreme Court’s war over Obamacare last week, I’m deferring until next week Part 2 of previous column, “Not all presidential orders are created equal,” to address this raging debate.)
Though I have concern that every American citizen has affordable health care, too, I have grave concerns that the federal government holds any true solution at all.
History shows that whenever government oversees personal welfare (such as with the Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and Social Security), the program is inept, broken, intrusive, impersonalized, oppressive and often bankrupt.
It is no coincidence that the Congressional Budget Office recently released updated figures revealing how Obamacare will cost twice as much as the original price tag, from $900 billion to $1.76 trillion between now and 2022.
Outside of the federal government controlling our health, any junior certified public accountant knows the last thing our flailing economy needs is another entitlement. There’s a reason most of the states in our union – 26 to be exact – have defied the legality of state-mandated health care and are among those fighting against its enforcement right now before the Supreme Court.
At almost 80 years old, Thomas Jefferson foresaw the corruption of a federal government with too much power, when he wrote to William T. Barry in 1822, just a few years before his death: “If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption[s], indifferent and incapable of wholesome care over so wide of spread of surface” (“wholesome care” like universal health care?).
That is why many of our early founders shared a sentiment that can be summarized in the statement, “That government is best that governs least.”
Three perilous previews of state-mandated healthcare have recently come to my attention.
WND news reporter Bob Unruh reported just a few weeks ago that, “In what is being seen as a preview of a fully implemented Obamacare, government officials in Michigan are demanding that a 9-year-old child follow standard procedure and take a dangerous course of cancer medications that can cause additional cancer – even though the boy has had three scans indicating an absence of the disease.”
Unruh added that, despite that Michigan’s lower courts twice have ruled against the demands of state agency officials, the Home School Legal Defense Association’s chairman, Michael P. Farris, “confirmed that the Michigan Department of Human Services has filed suit to force the parents to administer the chemicals to their son even though he’s been clean of cancer on scans over the past year.”
Health Impact News Daily added, “Ken and Erin Stieler are the mom and dad of Jacob – who has been cancer-free since his PET scan in early July. He has had two clean PET scans since then – the most recent in January. Despite all of this, the Michigan Department of Human Services continues to attempt to prosecute this family for medical neglect. If they succeed, they will force Jacob to resume chemotherapy, despite the fact that the drugs in question are not FDA approved (either for children in general or for this particular cancer). Moreover, these drugs do not promise anything close to a guaranteed cure. And, the FDA requires the drug manufacturers to disclose that these drugs cause new cancers to form, heart disease in children, failure to sexually mature and many other serious side effects in some cases.”
Listen to the parents fight for their child in this video.
(My wife, Gena, and I encourage those who are willing to help the parents fight this state mandate by financially supporting the HSLDA’s Homeschool Freedom Fund.)
And if you think the federal government will never tell you what to do with your child’s health care, then consider passages like Section 440 and Section 1904 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare) under the heading: “Home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children,” which would provide (via grants to states) for home visitation programs by government agents to educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.
Imagine how that health-care provision might play out as state officials walk into your home invoking their values and beliefs upon your parenting and children.
Government needs less of a role in running our lives and our children’s lives and more of a role in supporting parents’ decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not the government. And the parents ought to have the right, and government support, to parent them without federal mandates, education or invasion in our homes.
There is nothing more intrusive than the thought of the government coming into our houses, teaching us how to parent and getting under our skin. And the latter is even a literal intent of federally mandated health care.
What most don’t realize, and was recently verified (March 8) by even the left-leaning Snopes, is that an earlier House version of health-care legislation (HR 3200), which was reformed and approved into law as the Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) – Obamacare, included references to the creation of a national health registry with murky correlations to the tracking of personal information via the implanting of RFID and other microchips in humans.
Referred to as Class II or III devices, the FDA’s own website explains Class II devices are “subject to special controls,” which can be “exempt from the premarket notification” and include “postmarket surveillance.” And Class III devices are those that “support or sustain human life.”
Snopes and other pro-Obama agencies were quick to explain the section in the pre-approved health-care legislation (HR 3200) is nothing more than wording that “simply calls for the creation of a registry that would allow for the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data about medical devices ‘used in or on a patient’ (including devices which patients consent to have implanted with them during surgery, such as pacemakers) for purposes that include tracking the effectiveness and facilitating the distribution of manufacturer recall notices.” (Notice Snopes’ overly verbose explanation and evasive multi-use of “including,” but never “excluding” overreaching microchip uses and expansions. Remember, opening legislative doors and leaving them wide open is the government’s specialty.)
But if that section in HR 3200 referred only to a benign registry without universal and intrusive implications (including an ultimate obliteration of HIPAA laws), than why was that section excluded from or changed to “similar language” (per Snopes) in the final version of the Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) – Obamacare? And shall we assume that, though every other form of government entitlement has expanded, these microchip-registry provisions will never be re-included or expanded in future amendments to federally mandated health-care law?
And I suppose it is also merely coincidental that Fox News recently reported on March 4, in an article titled “Microchips ‘the future of medicine,’” that Veriteq, the company responsible for the current usage of informational microchips in pets, “was cleared by the FDA for patient identification in 2004 [via its VeriChip microchip]. In 2009, the company entered into an agreement to implant its 8-millimeter microchip in Medcomp’s vascular access catheters.” “After VeriChip is implanted, it can be scanned to reveal the identification number and checked in a database.”
And if all of this is sounding a bit too close in this sacred Easter week to the epic and biblical “mark of the beast” (Revelation 16), without which people in the End Times “cannot buy or sell,” just know you’ll be lumped among conspiratorial camps (like “birthers”) for suggesting that, too.
I don’t care how the Obama administration or the U.S. Supreme Court bends the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Obamacare is bad medicine for Americans’ health care, households, rights, liberties and the American economy.
We need more government officials and a federal government that shift health care back to the free market, personal responsibility and local and community care for one another.
I agree with former Speaker of the House and GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich in his strong support of the 26 states that are arguing before the Supreme Court that Obamacare is unconstitutional. The repeal of Obamacare is Priority No. 1 for the next president and to enact replacement policies that will create a free-market framework for health care and empower patients.
Newt’s “Patient Power” plan “focuses on solutions that center on the doctor-patient relationship, use the best new science, lower medical costs and improve the quality of life for every single American.” Some of his bold solutions to save lives and save money include:
- Allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, making health insurance more affordable and portable.
- Reform Medicaid by giving states more freedom and flexibility to customize their programs to suit their needs with a block-grant program.
- Introduce lawsuit reform to stop the frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine.
- Stop health-care fraud by moving from a paper-based system to an electronic one.
- Invest in research for medical breakthroughs for urgent national priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions.
These are just a few examples of health-care reforms that need to be enacted, once Obamacare is repealed and power over our health is taken away from Washington bureaucrats and returned to patients and their physicians.
The federal government’s constant overreaches and botching of entitlements and our future leaves me thinking still that too many out-of-control kids are running our country. And just for them, I’m again wrapping up this article with a “kid’s poem” that a friend sent me from the Internet. I don’t know the exact source, but I know I’d like its author. It is titled, “Dr. Seuss 2011″:
I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health-care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like White House backdoor deals.
I do not like when they kick the financial can,
I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN!’
I do not like their spending sprees.
Why can’t they get it? Nothing’s free.
I do not like their smug replies,
broken promises and corruption ties.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it – Nope, nope, nope!
Chuck Norris is the star of more than 20 films and the long-running TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger." His latest book is entitled The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book." Learn more about his life and ministry at his official website, ChuckNorris.com.