Choke the Life out of Obamacare

By Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

Dallas, TX – -( Now that Obama has been re-elected and Democrats still control the Senate, Republicans no longer have the chance to repeal Obamacare.

But all is not lost. There's still an opportunity for America to stop this disaster by choking the life out of the federal monstrosity. Obama's signature legislative achievement is likely headed back to the Supreme Court.

Just last week, the high court ordered a lower federal court to take up a lawsuit by the patriots at Liberty University, who claim Congress violated the college's religious freedoms by forcing it to provide federally mandated insurance and requiring payment for abortion-related services.

Liberty University also argues that the individual mandate is unconstitutional because it infringes on the free exercise of religion by forcing citizens to fund abortion.

“God created human life. Its sanctity and dignity are protected by God,” said Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, who represents Liberty University in the case. “We have no right to take innocent human lives, and certainly we cannot be forced to fund the taking of innocent life — basically forced to fund murder. We can't do that. That's a line that we simply cannot cross.”

Staver is absolutely right: There's no middle ground in this fight. Citizens and employers shouldn't be forced to choose between obeying the law and honoring the Sixth Commandment.

This month, federal courts have blocked the Obama administration from imposing its contraceptive mandate on Tyndale, a Bible publisher, and O'Brien Industrial Holdings, a Missouri mining company. The Christian-owned craft chain, Hobby Lobby, is fighting a similar legal battle against the mandate. The company says fines could reach as much as $1 million a day if it doesn't cover abortion-inducing drugs for its employees. About three-dozen Christian companies and colleges are fighting the mandate in court.

In June, President Obama said, “(Insurance companies) are required to provide free preventive care like checkups and mammograms … .” The law also subsidizes care for people who pay more than 8 percent of their income for health insurance.

But Obamacare isn't “free.” The money must come from somewhere. Even if patients don't pay for their health care directly, Americans face higher taxes to fund the facilities, doctors and services.

When consumers perceive health care to be “free,” they use more medical services and create an overwhelming demand for them — which will eventually exceed supply. Then, government will be faced with a limited number of options: 1) ration health services, 2) increase the cost of your health care or 3) ignore the issue, as patients' access to health care is severely restricted.

We see these issues arise in other countries with national health care. Patients in Britain and Canada often face long wait times — even in emergency rooms — to receive basic care that's so accessible here in the U.S. In fact, Europeans and Canadians are known to travel to the U.S. rather than wait for their own health services.

My wife, Gena, and I have been to other countries that have socialized medicine, and it doesn't work out well for people. When we visited Russia some 15 years ago, a young lady in her 20s suffered from a toothache. When asked why she didn't see a dentist, the woman said the care is too expensive and even seeing a doctor could mean waiting eight months to a year.

To make matters worse, Obamacare calls for establishment of an Independent Payment Advisory Board, made up of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who make a wide range of health care decisions — including the ability to approve or deny medical treatments recommended by your doctors.

It's no wonder so many states are outright refusing to cooperate with Washington on this massive federal power grab.

Obama's takeover calls for states to expand Medicaid, creating serious fiscal liabilities for the states if federal taxpayers don't pick up the bill every year. Obamacare also requires states to develop governmental programs that will create online health “exchanges,” itemizing available health plans.

For Florida alone, “startup costs ‘are projected at $92.3 million' through next year, and annual operating costs to the state — based on experience in Illinois — could range from $57.4 million to $88.6 million by 2016.”

States shudder at the thought of being saddled with the cost of running those exchanges, especially when they have so little local control under this federal program. They have until Dec. 14 to tell the Obama administration whether they will set up exchanges or default to a federal version.

In 2010, John Graham, director of health care studies at the Pacific Research Institute, urged states to boycott the exchanges.

“States establishing Obamacare exchanges are making a one-way, lose-lose bet,” he wrote. “If Obamacare persists, exchanges will become bloated administrative nightmares.”

Obama's federal takeover of the nation's health insurance is unconstitutional on its face. It exceeds Congress' power to regulate commerce among the states. It expands the federal government's authority beyond the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution. It threatens religious liberty, and it imposes an unconstitutional tax on Americans.

If we can't repeal Obamacare in its entirety, let's support each of these efforts to peel away every one of its unconstitutional layers to preserve our liberty, the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of our nation.

Action hero and Second Amendment activist, Chuck Norris is one of the most enduringly popular actors in the world. He has starred in more than 20 major motion pictures. His television series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run in April 2001 after eight full seasons, is the most successful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.”In 2006, he added the title of columnist to his illustrious list of credits with the launch of his popular Internet column. Now Chuck is a regular contributor to AmmoLand, click the following link to See more of Chuck Norris on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

  • 5 thoughts on “Choke the Life out of Obamacare

    1. The politicians have already messed up our medical system. I was injured in a crane accident at work and received a complete tear in my right rotator cuff and 3 damaged disks in my neck. Limited to worker’s comp by law..even though I paid 600 dollars a month for insurance..every treatment has been struggle to get even after MRI’s confirmed the damage. If the insurance company says no..and they very often do..the patient can go for months or even years without treatment until the matter is settled by arbitration or court. I am 60 years old and this is my first ever injury claim. What a joke upon the American worker..

    2. I am so sick of seeing anything gun-related tied directly to party politics. This is just right wing propaganda, bought and paid for by the Insurance and Pharmaceutical corporations that will no longer be able to fleece the country if universal health care is properly administered. Universal health care, done right (and Obamacare is not anywhere near right yet) will save the country and the People billions of dollars a year — and we will ALL get better health care! I don’t see what health care has to do with GUNS or GUN RIGHTS! They are unrelated subjects. Working class “gun nuts” can be fooled once or twice by the Repub propaganda, but eventually we start to wise up. Based on the recent election results, it appears some of us have reached that point. I love my guns, but I don’t have to be an anti-abortion, anti-immgrant, anti-health care religious zealot to love them. You can support progressive politics that are good for ALL of us and STILL support gun rights!

    3. I thought this was “ammoland”, a site about all things gun related. What does this have to do about guns and the like? If I wanted to read what some former action star/karate champ thought about healthcare, I’d go to the Huffington Post or Fox News website.

    4. Chuck Norris? Who next? Tinny Tim? Why print diatribes from jokers like this when you should be talking about all those senators who shot down the act that would stop restrictions on lead ammo? Are you a web site about guns or about paranoid right wing nutcases?

    5. As a transplanted Canadian to the USA, as someone who has experienced a socialized health care program, and as a parent to a physician who practices in Canada respectfully I submit you are giving out bad and incomplete information. No socialized style of health care system is perfect and can be improved. However, if socialized medicine is so terrible why do the citizens and doctors in the countries where it exists overwhelming support it? Why aren’t any countries clamoring to adopt a health care system like the USA has? If Canada’s healthcare system is so terrible why is there no revolt, petitions, legislative action to privatize? The simple answer is that the majority in these countries like a health care system that doesn’t discriminate but rather offers comprehensive health care to everyone no matter if you are rich or poor. Until you have experienced a socialized style health care system I don’t believe you are in a position to criticize what the majority of citizens in those countries support. But as someone who has now experienced the American health care my feeling is that this system is worse than broke! There’s great health care….for those that can afford it. What that translates to is that the Lord himself wouldn’t have health care since he was homeless and wasn’t gainfully employed. Shame on all “Christians” that don’t support affordable health care for all people.

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