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Free at last

Dear Editor:

I have a dream. Free at last …

Our Constitution gives Congress primary responsibility for our spending and debt. As stated in the Legislative Branch description on the whitehouse.gov site, “All legislative power in the government is vested in Congress, meaning that it is the only part of the government that can make new laws or change existing laws. Executive Branch agencies issue regulations with the full force of law, but these are only under the authority of laws enacted by Congress.” Obama finally realizes that ObamaCare is defective and that Congress must “fix” it. Fortunately for Americans, the fix must be negotiated outside locked doors and in broad daylight by a (now) bi-partisan Congress. Informed Americans can let out a big sigh of relief. The “Law of the Land,” as called by Obama, Pelosi and Reid, may now be modified to be a fair bi-partisan law to relieve Americans of the excessive financial burdens attributed to hundreds of billions of dollars of bribes and remove the politically partisan waivers and exceptions put in to favor the contributors to Obama’s $1,200,000,000 campaign and to get congressional (partisan) votes. Free of those unfair favors will give us AmericaCare. And it will (should) finally institute “tort reform” that reduced Romney’s “Affordable Health Care for All” by several billion dollars (America’s trial lawyers contributed millions of dollars to Obama’s campaign).

Gone will be the $300,000,000 “Louisiana Purchase” and the “Nebraska kick back” as well as favored states getting exceptional federal Medicaid assistance. Requirements for federally funded abortions and “free” contraceptives will be openly debated by all Congresspersons in hopes of a satisfactory and reasonable solution. Unfair favoritism to unions will be disallowed. Bribes are often deceptively stated, which seriously overcomplicates the Act.

Actually, criticizing ObamaCare is not easy because ObamaCare is not well defined. Secretary of Health and Human Services (Kathleen Sebelius today) wields tremendous discretionary authority to regulate participating health care workers and detailed practices. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of references to “the Secretary” and the completion of the descriptive duties required, such as:”“(b) REGULATIONS – The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to define the dependents to which coverage shall be made available under subsection (a).” Until the Secretary develops the regulations in clear detail, the healthcare providers cannot accurately determine their costs; and until the regs develop, the Congressional Budget Office cannot accurately predict taxpayer’s costs. Congress must exercise continuous oversight of the healthcare law as it gets responsibly defined to assure “regulations” don’t cause unfairness.

Fixing ObamaCare via a partisan congress would be very difficult; fixing it via a bi-partisan congress will be many times more difficult. It is obvious that much time must be allotted so they get it right. If you have read any of ObamaCare, you’ll probably conclude that abandoning the complicated mess could save years over conscientiously “fixing” it.

Quality healthcare for all is possible. As Obama said, we’ll all have to make sacrifices (money). We asked for it. We must pay for it (for a change) or forget it.

Harris Bynum

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.