TRUE GOVERNMENT: THE CASE FOR REPEALING THE HEALTH CARE BILL by ECHO

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” - From our Declaration of Independence For any law to be “constitutional”—it must first and foremost enjoy the support and consent of a majority of the governed, from which all U.S. government powers are derived. Obama’s seizure of one-sixth of the US economy via the Health Care industry grab, does NOT enjoy the consent of the governed and on this basis alone, it is an unconstitutional law. It is for this reason that my partner and I come resolved: That the United States federal government should significantly reform its environmental policy. OBSERVATION 1: Definitions and Overview United States Federal Government: “Federal Government means all entities of the Government of the United States” - US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 5, Chapter 1, Part 531, Sub- part b, 531.203 – Definitions Significance: “Full of meaning or import; highly expressive or suggestive”- Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition 1989[Ethos] Reform – “To convert, bring back, or restore (a thing or person) to the original form or state, or to a previous condition”– (Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition 1989 Lexis/Nexis) [Ethos] Environmental: “Of, relating to, or associated with the environment.” – (Environmental. (2007). In The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.) [Ethos] Policy: “a definite course or method of action” – (Merriam-Webster Online. 2009, http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/policy) GOAL: The affirmative team will be presenting a goals case with the goal of proper rule of government, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,”. When you decided who to vote for in this round keep this goal in mind. Whichever team best upholds this goal deserves your ballot. OBSERVATION 2: Facts of the status quo Obama signs the health care bill into law Sheryl Stolberg, March 23rd 2010“Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Bill, With a Flourish” from New York Times, website, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/health/policy/24health.html With the strokes of 22 pens, President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul — the most expansive social legislation enacted in decades — into law on Tuesday With this in mind lets look at the significant harms in… OBSERVATION 3: Signifance 1. The Constitution Violated A. For any federal law to be “constitutional,” it must meet these minimum standards… JB Williams, political writer. March 25, 2010, (A no non-sense conservative columnist who employs a unique combination of historical facts and common sense. ) http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/21339 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. It must be within the limited federal powers enumerated in the Constitution It must enjoy the support of the vast majority of “the governed,” from which all federal powers are derived It must not infringe upon the individual rights of any citizen It must not infringe upon the rights of any state, protected by the Tenth Amendment It must become law by way of legal legitimate legislative process

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B. Impact: Unconstituial (same source as above) JB Williams, political writer. March 25, 2010, (A no non-sense conservative columnist who employs a unique combination of historical facts and common sense. ) http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/21339 Obama’s Health Care treachery violates all five of these standards and as a result, it cannot be allowed to stand. This is about much more than health care. This is about a government allegedly of, by and for the people. A government which acts against its people cannot be a government of, by and for the people. That government is beyond broken - it is “unconstitutional” at its core. 2. Tax Increase A. The Health Care Bill being Passed will raise taxes more than half a trillion dollars Washington Times, March 24, 2010, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/24/healthy-tax-increases-not-onlyon-wealthy/ The historic overhaul of the nation's health care system that President Obama signed Tuesday, when combined with the fixes making their way through Congress, will raise taxes over the next 10 years by more than a half-trillion dollars. B. Impact: Would reduce demand for investment (Same source as above) Washington Times, March 24, 2010, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/24/healthy-tax-increases-not-onlyon-wealthy/ Imposing a Medicare tax on investment income "would reduce demand for investment, which is the last thing that the economy needs right now. It would slow [economic] recovery, reduce employment opportunities and hinder wage growth," said Karen Campbell of the conservative Heritage Foundation. "Less investment, lower investment values and lower wages hinder the ability of households to build wealth." 3. Political Environment Hurt A. Health Care produces a major impact on the political environment Michael Boland,Gary Andres, March 18, 2010 (a former senior House GOP leadership aide who now runs Dome Advisors, a Washington research organization for the institutional investment community) http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/health-care-polluting-political-environment-democrats
Under normal circumstances, Democrats distancing themselves from unpopular policy issues might insulate them from a bad election cycle. Not so in 2010. Yet the time spent on health care and the controversy surrounding it could produce a major impact on the political environment. Irrespective of an individual Democrat’s vote on the issue, overcoming the toxic consequences on the public mood in many of these swing districts may be impossible.

B. Independents are disgusted with Washington which is polluting the environment (same source as above) Michael Boland,Gary Andres, March 18, 2010 (a former senior House GOP leadership aide who now runs Dome Advisors, a Washington research organization for the institutional investment community) http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/health-care-polluting-political-environment-democrats “Voters don’t construct a carefully calibrated, audited list of roll call votes, weighted by importance,” said Michael Boland, a
former senior House GOP leadership aide who now runs Dome Advisors, a Washington research organization for the institutional investment community. “Those are just the wrong assumptions. Many voters -- particularly independents -- are disgusted with Washington. They hear words they don’t understand: reconciliation, side car legislation, self-executing rules. This only further pollutes the environment,” Boland argued.

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OBSERVATION 4: We offer The Plan The United States Fedral Government will enact and enforce our mandates. Mandates: 1. H.R.3590: “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” also known as “Health Care Bill” will be repealed Funding: No funding shall be needed for the enactment of this plan, by repealing the trillion dollar health care bill we will save money. Timeline: This plan will take effect immediately upon an Affirmative ballot. The affirmative team reserves the right to further explain this plan as needed throughout the round. OBSERVATION 5: Plan Advocate: Free market offers better solutions Jillian Rayfield, TPM LiveWire, Sen. Jim DeMint, released a statement on March 21, 2010 saying http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/demint-health-care-bill-must-be-repealed.php "Unless this trillion-dollar assault on our freedoms is repealed, it will force Americans to purchase Washington-approved health plans or face stiff penalties. It will fund abortions, raise taxes and insurance premiums, while reducing health care choices and quality. This arrogant power grab proves that the President and his party care more about government control than the will of the American people. Americans told Washington to keep its hands off their health care in opinion polls, at public protests, and at the ballot box, but their pleas were ignored. If the President and Democrats were serious about true health care reform, there were many free-market solutions we could have easily passed. Americans support commonsense reforms such as purchasing
coverage across state lines, stopping frivolous medical lawsuits, and giving the same tax breaks to Americans who don't get their insurance at work.

Unfortunately, Democrats refused to listen." OBSERVATION 6: ADVANTAGES ADVANTAGE 1. The Free Market meets challenges of health care The Cato Institute, 2010,(is a libertarian think tank, is non-partisan, and its scholars' views are not consistently aligned with either major political party.) http://healthcare.cato.org/free-market-approach-health-care-reform “The president’s proposal — a government takeover of health care — is not the solution. Fixing health care requires freedom and free markets.” ADVANTAGE 2. Billions in savings to taxpayers. Michael O'Brien and Jared Allen, 03/18/10, “CBO: Health package costs $940 billion; Hoyer eyes Sunday vote for measure”( Primary congressional agency charged with reviewing congressional budgets and other legislative initiatives with budgetary implications.) http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/87557-cbo-health-package-costs-940-billion-cuts-deficit-by-130b “CBO told lawmakers that the health package would cost $940 billion over the next decade” ADVANTAGE 3. Upholding True Government Our government has become “destructive” towards the very fundamental purposes of the government, to secure the unalienable individual right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Declaration of Independence states quote ” - whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”end quote The people are not safe living under a government that operates with such little regard for the Law of this Land, the US Constitution.

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The Obama administration has acted far beyond its limited powers, now is the time to stop this before it gets out of hand. Votting affirmative that it what we will be accomplishing --‘Proper Rule of Government.’ -- “a government of the people, by the people, for the people,” May God bless those willing to stand, unite and fight our freedom. Thank you.

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