'If you like your health care'

January 13, 2014 

Letter writer Kevin J. Gagen writes that "this nation was established on the principle that government must reflect the collective will of our people ..." and "Progressive liberalism has always been on the right side of history." Teddy Roosevelt and his cousin Franklin, with Woodrow Wilson, subverted the Constitution. Legislation pushed through Congress and approved by appointed justices on the Supreme Court, which expand federalism, is unconstitutional.

The Founding Fathers created this nation on the principle of limited federalism and respecting state and individual sovereignty. They didn't fight a revolution against the British Empire to create another government with unlimited powers to tax, under an open-ended general welfare clause. What powers not enumerated to the federal government and each of its branches are reserved for the states and the people. This is reiterated in the 10th Amendment.

The Constitution is what it is. The framers believed in what they created, all the checks and balances they put into place are there for a reason, to limit power. Obviously, the framers couldn't foresee the future, thus, they provided a means of change, it's the difficult process of amending the Constitution.

Was Obamacare a collective will of what all Americans wanted or a momentary liberal majority dictating their collective will on all Americans? "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period." This is why the framers wanted a serious, substantial and honest debate among Congress, along with state legislators and the citizenry before expanding federalism.

Russell C. Fette

Collinsville

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