Government ‘Imposed’ Health Care
Nothing in our Constitution (New Hampshire’s or the increasingly meaningless federal version) grants authority to Congress or any other part of your government to ‘force’ Citizens to purchase insurance from private corporations (their campaign contributors). In fact, in Linder v. United States, 268 U.S. 5, 45 S.Ct. 446, the US Supreme Court held that Congress could, in fact, not regulate the practice of medicine within the States. They stated quite clearly: “Obviously, direct control of medical practice in the states is beyond the power of the federal government. ” Does it matter that the government has no legal, Constitutional, authority to enact a scheme of this magnitude? Nope. Your legislators never even wasted their time in reading the 1,990 pages before they voted YES! Their attitude is “if it sounds good in the media, sign off on it - the courts will sort it out.”
This ‘initiative’ has nothing do with “reform” and nothing to do with “reducing the cost of health care”. It has everything to do with putting more money into the hands of the campaign contributors. The same ones I spoke about here: http:// www.nhexecutivecouncil.com/who_has_rights.htm Don’t believe me?
You (or your child) is 23 years old, married and taking home $23,400. per year to pay living expenses. Under this new ‘Law’ you (or your child) will be FORCED to pay up a minimum of $15,000. per year to some insurance company. Fifteen grand is the minimum acceptable policy coverage for a husband and wife ﬁling a joint return under this ‘Law’. That leaves you (or your child) with $8,400. per year to pay for an apartment, pay for their car, feed themselves, perhaps have a phone, electricity and other minor conveniences we expect to enjoy in life as well as saving for the future.
If anyone thinks they can ‘live’ on a bit more than eight grand a year in New Hampshire (or anywhere else) without having to live under a bridge, panhandle or turn to crime, God love you. Clearly, your Representatives, by their ‘vote’ expect you (or your child) to do just that or face criminal prosecution. Prosecution is authorized under the Code (their ‘Health Care Reform’ bill) for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties apply to an individual:
• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a ﬁne of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a ﬁne of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to ﬁve years.” [page 3]
I ﬁnd it interesting that these abuses of power by our government ofﬁcials or
Representatives can be pointed out, year after year, time and again yet, my fellow Citizens seem incapable of ever rising up to say “NO!” This bill or ‘Law’ that they are about to foist upon you, that your Representatives just ‘voted for’, is nothing short of extortion. The New Hampshire RSAs deﬁne “Extortion” in Chapter 637 of our Criminal Code. It states:
637:5 Theft by Extortion. –
I. A person is guilty of theft as he obtains or exercises control over the property of another by extortion and with a purpose to deprive him thereof.
II. As used in this section, extortion occurs when a person threatens to:
(a) Cause physical harm in the future to the person threatened or to any other person or to property at any time; or :
(b) Subject the person threatened or any other person to physical conﬁnement or restraint;
The clarification for the act of “extortion”is covered under Section 637:11 which states:
I. Theft constitutes a class A felony if:
(a) The value of the property or services exceeds $1,000.
So, reading the ‘Law’ (sections of this new Health Care bill as well as New Hampshire’s statutes deﬁning “extortion”) it appears (to me, at least), that our Representatives not only violated their Oath to uphold our Constitution but also are in violation of Felony Extortion statutes (under our Laws) by voting to force this unConstitutional act on their Citizens. Our Representatives (or a government ofﬁcial) committing a CRIME is an impeachable offense under the Constitution and, as I’ve written before, a Representative (or government ofﬁcial) who violates their Oath under Title VI, Chapter 92 of our New Hampshire Law “shall be forthwith dismissed from the ofﬁce or position involved”.
In closing, I’ll leave you with a poem written by a Christian Pastor named Martin Niemöller who lived in Germany through that rather turbulent period called World War 2:
“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
I wonder how many poems might be written by our children when what’s happening in America is over. How many will say (after the fact) “we didn’t know” or “what could we do?”
I would very much appreciate hearing from you if you have a view on this or other pieces I’ve been writing because I would like to ﬁnd out if folks are really interested in what their government is doing. Feel free to drop a note to this site (producer@NHExecutiveCouncil.com); it will get to me.
Christopher T. Sununu
Mike J. Cryans
Russell E Prescott
Theodore L. Gatsas
Debora B. Pignatelli
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