Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

March 22, 2010

Lawsuits Await As ObamaCare Passes

Shortly, ObamaCare will be the law of the land, then the next round in the battle begins: WASHINGTON — The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:31 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Healthcare,Politics,Supreme Court
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March 21, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Billy Beck: I keep hearing about how this DeathCare deal will be the end of the Democrats in November. I cannot think of a single reason why that should matter, and there are many why it doesn’t. (For instance: when this thing is in the bag and done, who do you think is going [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:25 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Quote of the Day
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ObamaCare, The Constitution, And The Next Round In The Health Care Wars

The Constitutionality of ObamaCare is apparently a subject that neither Nancy Pelosi, nor any other Member of Congress has given any consideration to. In today’s Washington Post, however, Law Professor Randy Barnett takes a look at the probable Constitutional challenges to the health care bill: Can Congress really require that every person purchase health insurance [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:55 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Healthcare,Individual Rights,Legal,Liberty,Politics,Supreme Court
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March 20, 2010

Is “Deem And Pass” Constitutional ? Neither The Question Nor The Answer Are As Simple As You Think

As the debate over health care reform approaches it’s final hours in the House of Representatives, there’s been much discussion over the past week over a rather obscure topic — the internal operating procedures of the House of Representatives, and specifically the apparent intention of House Democrats to use something that has been called “deem [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:43 am || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Healthcare,Legal,Politics,Separation Of Powers
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March 18, 2010

The CBO Health Care Numbers Are Phony And Meaningless

While the Democrats in Congress will try to spin it otherwise, the truth about the CBO numbers released today can be found on the first page of CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf’s letter to Speaker Pelosi: Although CBO completed a preliminary review of legislative language prior to its release, the agency has not thoroughly examined the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:55 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Healthcare,Politics
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February 19, 2010

LP’s Wes Benedict on ‘Limited Government’ Conservatives

Those of us who truly believe in limited government* tend to be simultaneously amused and irritated hearing the folks at CPAC speak of limited government as though it’s a principle they truly support. Yesterday, the Libertarian Party’s Executive Director Wes Benedict, monitoring the CPAC festivities from afar, said some of the things that many of [...]

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January 29, 2010

“Are these Republicans Walter”? “No Donny, these men are just nihilists”

“I mean, say what you like about the tenets of the Republican party, Dude, at least it’s an ethos…” Apologies to Joel and Ethan Coen… There has been a recent meme circulated by the leftosphere, that the Republicans… in fact any opponent of the Obama agenda… are nihilists. Now, I have to say, I don’t [...]

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January 7, 2010

Would C-SPAN Make The Healthcare Bill “Worse”? Define Worse.

I’ll blockquote Peter Suderman over at Reason blockquoting the CAP’s “wonk room” blog on this one: The short version of the argument is that C-SPAN’s coverage would put pressure on legislators to perform for the cameras and thus make the bill worse: C-SPAN is grounded in the belief that transparency produces superior legislation. And maybe [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:11 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Healthcare,Politics,The Welfare State
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January 5, 2010

How Obamacare Will Cost-Control

From Ezra Klein, remarking on the major cost-control move found at the end of Bush’s term: People don’t bring this up very much, but one of the best ways to control costs in health care — or any private sector, really — is to have a huge recession. High taxes, high government deficits, dollar devaluation, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:46 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Humor,Quote of the Day
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December 23, 2009

The real right to health care

Democrats are addicted to saying that there is a right to health care, and subsequently hammering anyone who opposes their disastrous reform bill as opposing that right. The truth is, there is a right to health care, and it is consistently opposed by the left, not the right. Put simply, each person has the right [...]

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December 21, 2009

Quote(s) Of The Day

Both relate to Ben Nelson being bought off to provide the Democrats’ 60th vote. Oh, and what a bribe it was! First, David Kotok over at The Big Picture: Senator Nelson of Nebraska sold his vote in return for special treatment for the Mutual of Omaha insurance company and for perpetual Medicaid funding for his [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Healthcare,Politics
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United Liberty Podcast

Many readers here are also familiar with the United Liberty blog, not least because our contributor Jason Pye is the editor-in-chief of that blog, and co-contributor Doug writes at both locations. They (Jason and UL Assistant Editor Brett Bittner) recently honored me be asking that I join them as a guest on their podcast, which [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Federal Reserve,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste,Healthcare,Human Rights,Immigration,The Contributors
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December 12, 2009

Earmark And Healthcare Wars: Ron Paul vs Jeff Flake

A recent article in the Washington Examiner by John Labeaume details the differing approaches to earmarks that two of most libertarian members of Congress have. This difference came out in a vote on an amendment that Flake wrote to H.R. 3791 which was the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009. The Flake amendment would ban [...]

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November 23, 2009

Kevin Drum Advocates Free Market In Healthcare?

He’s referencing an Indian doctor who offers low-cost open-heart surgeries, looking to build a new facility in the Caymans to serve the American market (emphasis added): A few notes: Shetty runs a for-profit business, not a charity. He makes money at these prices. And although a big part of his lower prices has to do [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:53 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare
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November 7, 2009

The House values Control over Health Care

So it is done: 220-215. Two-hundred and twenty United States Representatives put their support behind 20 pounds and 2,000 pages of abusive legislation in the form of innumerable mandates enforced by 110 new government agencies. One of those mandates, though, cuts so violently to the core of our freedoms that it cannot go unanswered: Buy [...]

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November 6, 2009

ACTION ALERT: Put The Stake in Obamacare

Well the good news is that the Democrats are saying they don’t have the votes. Probably one of the reasons why they don’t have the votes is because people are finding all about what’s in HR 3962. They’re objecting to: Higher taxes on individuals and businesses which will drive up unemployment Government dictating what’s in [...]

Posted By: Kevin @ 6:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Constitution,Healthcare,Individual Rights
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Good News On Health Care Reform: They Don’t Have The Votes Yet

This is a good sign: WASHINGTON – A House leader says Democrats haven’t yet lined up enough votes to pass their health care overhaul bill. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says the vote that House Democrats had scheduled for Saturday could slip to Sunday or early next week. Hoyer acknowledged to reporters Friday that [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:43 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Constitution,Democracy,Economics,Healthcare
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November 4, 2009

Congressional House Call Day

Tomorrow on the Fifth of November, Americans for Prosperity will be coordinating with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann a Meetup at the United States Capital. The purpose of this meetup is to kill Obamacare. This blog, along with many bloggers and activists were invited to a conference call tonight with Congresswoman Bachmann and Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson. The [...]

Posted By: Kevin @ 6:29 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Healthcare
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Is the End of Government Reefer Madness Near?

Referring back to my post I wrote last week about the “perfect storm” the Obama Administration has created regarding medical marijuana, Colorado in many ways seems to be in the eye of this storm. It seems that more and more people are starting to understand the insanity of declaring war on a substance which has [...]

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October 28, 2009

The Institute for Justice Challenges Unjust Law Banning Compensation for Bone Marrow

In January 2008 I wrote a post calling for the repeal of the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. As I mentioned in the post, many thousands of lives are being sacrificed because of the moral hang-ups of certain individuals who think its icky to sell organs to people who need them. How dare they. [...]

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