Let’s Play “Connect The Dots” With Obamacare

Expansion of the federal government has crept along slowly but surely decade after decade.  It’s a bit like a “connect the dots” page, where you can’t quite make out the picture until the lines are all drawn.  We don’t seem to connect the dots of cause and effect, so we never seem to see the picture until it’s too late. When someone does connect the dots, it sounds like a fairy tale because we are not used to seeing it all at once.  Here is a bit of connecting the dots to make you think.

Some years ago, the Supreme Court (part of the federal government) determined that the government could bypass your rights as long as the government could establish a “compelling governmental interest”.  That is how the government can create for itself exceptions to your 4th Amendment for national security reasons, or to your 2nd Amendment for safety reasons.  The Feds say “we can, we need to, so we will because we say we can.”

Combine this government-created authority to bypass your rights with the newest big expansion of power, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and we can predict what our future may be if we stay on our present trajectory.

The ACA gives the federal government the authority to subsidize your health insurance.  Whenever the government spends money on a purpose, they are automatically vested with a “compelling governmental interest” in that purpose.  With a “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance, they inherit a “compelling governmental interest” in anything that directly or significantly impacts that interest.   Following with that Supreme Court logic, we can surmise that…

  1. A “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance creates a “compelling governmental interest” in health care.  After all, your health care and the subsequent cost of that health care directly and significantly impact your health insurance.
  2. A “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance creates a “compelling governmental interest” in your HEALTH.  After all, your health and the subsequent impact of your health on your health care directly and significantly impact your health insurance.
  3. A “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance creates a “compelling governmental interest” in what you eat, where you live, and where you work.  After all, what you eat, where you live, and where you work all directly impact your health; the subsequent cost of that health care directly and significantly impacts your health insurance.

Since according to the Supreme Court, a “compelling governmental interest” can trump any of your inalienable rights, this “compelling governmental interest” authorizes the government to tell you where you can live, what you can eat, and where you can work.

Does that sound “extreme”?  Think about this.  The federal government has an agency called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).  This committee meets with the sole purpose to:

encourage Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.

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