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Ron Paul Statement on Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

by Ron Paul | June 28, 2012

"I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.

"Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a 'mandate.' The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.

"Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so."


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At first blush

this appears to be discriminatory to a certain class of individuals.
If the fine is imposed upon individuals by the I.R.S. what of individuals who don't file income taxes or have no income to claim. Perhaps the issue of illegal immigrants might be worth exploring here also. If they opt into this, even for a brief time, is it opening an avenue for citizenship?

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

You took the thoughts

right out of my brain. This thing is wrong on so many levels.

Virtually everything government does is a "mandate".

I really like this quote. I wish he would've said this in the debates, with an exclamation mark at the end.

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always has a good way of explaining stuff.

You can already opt out

there is no punishment if you don't pay the fine lol.

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IT will be a first if there is no punishment

for refusing to pay a fine.

This new tax

With every decision, SCOTUS

With every decision, SCOTUS builds a bridge away from the Constitution, but one that has no foundation under it. One can only hope it will become so absurd at some point that its own weight will collapse itself in spectacular fashion.

At some point, the court needs to say "Screw precedent! Screw Wickard v Filburn! Screw Stare Decisis!"

They say there is no slippery slope, but look at where we are.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

"crafting the legal framework

"crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so" ... Hmmmm. Foolishly, I thought the US Constitution provided that framework ... Evidently, in order to avoid absolute tyranny, we need more legal framework to opt out of it. Ron's statement implies that the central government is now legislating any damn thing it chooses which many of us have realized for awhile. In other words, Ron is saying the framework of the US Constitution is gone and only more legal patchwork will temporarily restrain total tyranny. Unfortunately, we've reached the point of no return... a tragic state of affairs.