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Pledge to our Republic vs Obamacare

To the Editor:

I pledge allegiance to the Republic …

Wait, isn’t America a democracy? The beauty of a republic is based on “we the people” voicing our views by voting and speaking out. We bring our concerns and solutions to our state and federal legislators at town halls or their local offices.

In a republic, our U.S. Congress has a few specific powers, only 18 in the Constitution Article I Section 8. Healthcare is not one. States have all other numerous powers from Amendment X.

Sadly we are urging our America to become a democracy, a less stable form of government. Laws could flip-flop because one vote passes a law, while the next could reverse it. Obamacare was shoved through by: 1) an emergency voting system with 51 Senators, not 60; 2) the House never discussing revenue, Article I Section 7, yet the Government Accountability Office assured us it would be less than the president’s limit of $1 trillion, which was increased a few months after Obamacare passed and several times since; and 3) committees studying different sections of Obamacare never met as a Conference Committee to work out discrepancies and clarify wording.

In the five years since Obamacare passed, major and minor flaws have been changed 50 different ways by executive orders. Finances are so tangled, the House Ways and Means oversight chairman wants one special inspector general to be an Obamacare watchdog, rather than eight inspector generals concerned for the department of treasury, health and human services, internal revenue service and five  others.

Recently, the Supreme Court weighed four little words in the law: people receive subsidies if insurance is purchased from an exchange “established by the state.”  Thirty-seven states did not establish exchanges, so those states are not to pay subsidies.

America is slipping through our fingers, as grand, federal bills deplete taxpayers’ hard-earned money to pay for unwanted laws. Citizens must arm ourselves with constitutional knowledge and common sense.  Every bill should be viewed by its red flags.

Federal entitlements spend 30 percent on the needy and 70 percent on thousands of government workers and offices to move through the restriction maze. No business could continue with numbers like that.

More red flags would have been exposed if the entire bill had been read: no fees collected until after 12-31-12 or Obama’s re-election, two year, nine months after the bill was signed; unelected HHS secretary can write thousands of new regulations/fees; exorbitant premiums are $2,500 more instead of $2,500 saved per year; the worst taxes of the 20 tax hikes in the first 10 years were delayed until 2016, 6 to 7 years after the law was signed; unworkable, erratic online enrollment – but if the subsidy calculator is incorrect, there’s no appeal process for enrollees.

Businesses are trying to hit a moving target with Obamas rewriting the law to suit his purpose. More employees are hired for paperwork, piling high since 30,000 more pages of fees, adds cost to everything we buy.

Employees’ hours and pay are reduced to avoid providing insurance. An employee works fewer hours to receive higher subsidies.

Care rationing is on the horizon for fewer are in medical school.

But Congress, unions and big corporations are exempt from skyrocketing costs.

And sadder still, we are permitting the tyranny of one, where a president leap-frogs over our elected Congress with his solutions. Free Market is out; over-regulation is here to hamstring our natural talents and productive creativity.

Since the Supreme Court did not stick to those four words that were passed, anything can come down the pike to burden citizens. We’ll see more massive, presidential demands like immigration not naturalization; mind-numbing, robotic Common Core standards not local schools with parental input; and another’s ideology instead of our unique American opportunity to be productive using our own strengths.

I wonder if and when our allegiance to our Republic will officially end, or if it will be miraculously saved because “we the people’’ – untold numbers of citizens – will chose to read the 34-page, 3 by 6-inch pocket Constitution and protect our Republic.

Marjie Saiter

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