Yes, Nancy Pelosi, We’re Serious: On The Constitutionality Of Obamacare

Pelosi Official SC Yes, Nancy Pelosi, We’re Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare

America anxiously awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. At the core of the decision is a simple question: Is the “individual mandate” in Obamacare constitutional? And thus, is Obamacare constitutional?

Several times during the debate and deliberation, my mind harkened back to the words of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Remarking on the original Obamacare bill, Pelosi infamously said that first, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Even more outrageous was another Pelosi observation, especially given the pivotal role of the Supreme Court. In October 2009, Pelosi was asked by a reporter if the healthcare legislation was constitutional. Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

Reporter: Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?

Pelosi: Are you serious? Are you serious?

Reporter: Yes, yes I am.

Pelosi’s incredulity at that perfectly reasonable question is as telling as it is stunning. She scorned the very thought as if the reporter were either a total idiot, an unregenerate right-wing Neanderthal, or had flown in on a flying saucer from Neptune.

And yet, as Congresswoman Pelosi learned last week, the reporter had hit the crux of the issue. So did state attorneys general nationwide, who quickly filed lawsuits precisely on whether Obamacare is constitutional.

Pelosi’s contempt for that notion—apparently shared by many of her “progressive” colleagues—has come back to bite her and President Obama and the entirety of the progressive/liberal movement. Democrats who scoff at such questions do so at their own peril. There is another branch of government in this country; it’s called the judiciary. And that branch for over 200 years has been tasked with exactly such a duty: reviewing the constitutionality of legislation.

Ironically, Pelosi’s behavior does a greater disservice to the goals of her own party than to conservatives. Liberals need to step back and understand what has unraveled with Obamacare: Their party leaders flagrantly ignored legitimate constitutional objections (and numerous other criticisms) raised by opponents. These objections were so well-placed that they now hold the potential to place a dagger in the heart of their prized legislation. If the individual mandate is struck down as unconstitutional, then the entire Obamacare legislation might be finished, given that the individual mandate is the chief funding mechanism for the entire program.

Even then, the constitutional problems don’t end there. Next up, probably next year, will be the Obama-HHS mandate requiring every American, including all religious believers and institutions—with the Catholic Church at the center of the controversy—to fund contraception and abortion drugs. Here, too, President Obama and his allies are pushing another mandate that will have to be reviewed by courts because of its blatant challenge to the Constitution—in this case, the First Amendment’s freedom of religion and conscience.

Alas, this brings me to a sincere query for liberals: Why do you tolerate Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi (among others)? I could literally write a book on outrageous Pelosi comments uttered just in the last five years, from amazing statements like those quoted above to her breathtaking remarks on her own Catholic Church and its teachings on human life.

Why do Democrats accept such shoddy leadership? They are making their dearest plans vulnerable to immediate rejection by the constitutional process. If I were a progressive dreaming of universal healthcare, I would be extremely disappointed. As noted by Joe Postell, a scholar on the progressive movementprogressives have been trying to implement “universal healthcare” since literally 1912 when those words appeared in that year’s Progressive Party platform. In 2009, they finally had their big chance but may have blown it by ridiculing or ignoring—and not dealing with—their critics’ objections.

Or, on the other hand, do they have such disrespect and disregard for their critics that they don’t care what they say? If that’s the case, it isn’t prudent leadership. Think about your own life or career or home or company; for major decisions, don’t you at least consider possible obstacles or pitfalls?

Someday, “progressives” may have a solid majority on the Supreme Court and can blithely dismiss the original intent of the Constitution. If Americans keep voting as they do, such a majority is a distinct possibility. For now, however, they ignore realities at their peril. Simply calling conservatives “idiots” isn’t very smart.

Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, we’re serious.

 

Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of the newly released Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. His other books include The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and God and Ronald Reagan.

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  1. bobvelon says:

    Pelosi is a lock step goose stepper and lover of the dictator-in-chief… It appears as though she believes our Constitution is a joke ….. Their attempt to ram obamacare down our throats is in violation of the Constitution. I hope the Supreme Court drops the mandate which will trash the whole obamacare legisltation.. Just listening to the vile mouth of Pelosi is enough to turn anyone off… Remember what she said about the tea party, they were just a bunch of Nazis wearing swasticas.. I think she and her followers are Nazis wearing swasticas and all communists…..

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Couldn't agree with you more.Here's a woman who wears her ass up around her face with all the cosmetic surgery shes had done that she can't think for herself.This old hag claims to be a catholic but the truth is like you say she's a nazi alongwith the boon president.

  2. michael says:

    When Pelosi walked through the crowd with that large gavel I would have loved to see someone take it from her and knock her in the head with it. maybe that would knock some sense into her stupid head.

  3. sean murry says:

    Bo tox face how could you say it is constitutionality it is unconstitutionality.

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  5. charles1712 says:

    The obama health care bill is the least of this trader Pelosi's worries . She will be facing treason charges when all is said and done . She knew that the fraud obama was not US Constitutionally qualified to hold office but said he was anyway . Sorry Ms. Pelosi but your mob buddies wont be able to protect you from your day in court and We The People .

  6. Pelosi is pathetic, just doesn't comprehend what Americans want and need. It's what liberals want or nothing.
    Impeach this useless woman!!!!

  7. berneemc says:

    If Piglosi is so behind the oboon care, how come she was one of the first the first to opt out

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