To the editor:
“The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document” (our U.S. Constitution) is the sub-title of U.S. Sen. Mike Lee’s book titled, “Our Lost Constitution.” It’s not new for Congress to subvert our constitution. Subversion allowed government-mandated ObamaCare.
In his section on health care, Lee writes that in 2009, Congress passed HR 3590, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act to “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time home buyers’ credit” for armed forces members and certain federal employees. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, led the fight to suspend the rules that required a two-thirds vote for passage.
In 2010, Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid was looking for a way to help President Obama socialize health care as part of his plan to “fundamentally change America.” He took HR 3590 that concerned home buyers’ credit, and introduced an amendment that would strike all that language and replace it with Obama’s health insurance plan. But HR 3590 had 17 tax provisions and the constitution bars the Senate from originating tax laws. The Supreme Court should have declared this subversion unconstitutional.
Unconstitutional never stopped Harry Reid. He ignored that only the House can originate revenue-raising measures and he forgot about service members getting houses. The latter should be on his tombstone.
Service members searching online will find HR 3590 was completely gutted. The title was changed from Service Members Home Ownership … to HR 3590 (111th) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A note said click for “a summary of this bill which will help you make sense of what you see below.” That’s disturbing.
Rights used to apply to freedoms conferred on us by the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.” Our Bill of Rights lists freedom of religion, to speak and write opinions, to keep and bear arms and so on. And it requires that government not infringe on our rights. Congress should repeal and not replace ObamaCare.