Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Senate to Vote on Repeal of Health Care Reform Bill

The Senate will be voting on a bill containing an amendment that would repeal the health care reform bill as early as tonight. Four democratic senators are considered key in this vote: Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Jon Tester of Montana. Any readers in these states are encouraged to contact their senators and encourage them to vote for the repeal.

This vote comes shortly after a second federal district judge ruled the health care reform bill unconstitutional and outside of the powers of Congress due to the individual insurance mandate. Essentially the rulings reinforce Congress' constitutional bounds. Congress cannot pass a law forcing American citizens to buy health insurance. Not only is this concept crucial in the health care reform debate, but it is essential in preventing further abuse of powers by Congress. If Congress can force Americans to spend their money on private insurance plans, what other businesses and organizations could a corrupt Congress force Americans to patronize?

Rusty Scalpel

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