Wednesday, March 13, 2013

State health plan is unconstitutional

Quite elaborately, Gov. Butch Otter has explained to us that under Obamacare, he was given three options, and chose a state-managed program as the least troubling. Fine, maybe, but clearly Mr. Otter has forgotten something, for there is a fourth option (actually his first and foremost option), that of honoring  the solemn oath he has sworn repeatedly to uphold and follow the Constitution of the United States and that of Idaho.

Neither of these supreme documents mandates universal health coverage, nor authorizes a governor to impose any such plan on his constituency. So where does the governor get off doing what he has done? Maybe he has forgotten where he lives, and should take his misunderstandings and try out for governor of a place like Cuba, Haiti, China or some other socialist state where an ideology like “of the government, for the government and by the government” rules.

Our governor is wrong in stating that Obamacare is “the law” and must be followed, for, as he should know, any “law” action not specifically sanctioned by the supreme law, the Constitution, is no law at all, but is null and void from its inception. Why did he not simply tell this to Mr. Obama?

If I remember rightly, as an aspiring politician, Mr. Otter knew the Constitution well, and presented himself as a patriot, a populist and true American public servant. Has something happened to him since then?

Carol Asher

Kamiah, Idaho

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