This is a link to the transcript. Senator Cruz asked, “But where is the Senate?” It is a black mark on the Senate that most Senators, such as Senators Chambliss and Isakson from Georgia, did not attend.
Some Democrats joined in the debate such as Senators Durbin and Kaine. Some supportive Republican Senators asked questions such as Senators Enzi, Inhoff, Lee, Paul, Roberts, Rubio, Sessions, Vitter. Some supportive House members were present such as Congressmen Broun, Gohmert, and Hudson.
The discussions addressed the problems of ObamaCare:
- “It kills jobs and the backbone of the American middle class.”
- “It's ruining the 40-hour work week, according to unions”
- “50 percent of small businesses say they will either cut out to reduce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-time employees to avoid the mandate, and 24 percent say they will reduce hiring to stay under 50 employees.”
- “It's killing free clinics and reducing access to care.”
- “It has already resulted in great doctors leaving medicine.”
- “This President is getting ready to force millions of people onto exchanges where they are very likely to lose their health insurance.
- “Government is not meant to force me into something they have no business in.”
- “Because I do not want bureaucrats involved in my physician's decisions on my health care.”
- “It is crony capitalism for the health care industrial complex.”
- “It violates Americans' first amendment right to religious liberty.”
- Perhaps the most important is, “Because the government SHOULD NOT own our medical data.” This, “centralizes control to ivory-tower bureaucrats.”
There are many scandalous aspects of ObamaCare:
- “It was how it was passed--on a brutal partisan vote rammed through with late-night deals that have earned rather infamous nicknames, such as the ’Cornhusker kickback,'”
- “The President can grant exemptions to the big corporations and to Members of Congress, but hardworking American families, you guys are left in the cold.”
- “Under a special illegal rule from the Obama administration, Congress and Washington get an exemption; they get a special pass; they get a special deal no other American gets under the law?”
- “If you are powerful, you can get a special exemption. We have seen the President exempting every big corporation in America. Giant corporations, he said, for a year it doesn't apply to you. The language of the law explicitly applies. There is no year delay of the language of the law … The exception for big business was announced in a blog posting by a midlevel political appointee in the Treasury Department.”
- “I don't think it takes any stretch of the imagination at all to understand that, give it a little time, let the pesky people who are sort of worked up a little bit on ObamaCare dissipate. Then we will quietly do the exemption for labor unions.”
- “The employer mandate was supposed to kick in January 1 of next year, and the President unilaterally and contrary to law delayed it one whole year until after the November 2014 elections.”
With his “filibuster,” Senator Cruz has made a tremendous contribution to our understanding of ObamaCare and how our federal government is broken, and how Congress does not listen to the people.
However, Senator Cruz discussed an antifederalist Republican solution by saying, “If you want access to low-cost health insurance, allowing people to purchase it across State lines after we defund ObamaCare would make a real difference … If you could purchase insurance across State lines, there would be a 50-State market and you could get low-cost, inexpensive catastrophic health insurance.”
Certainly all conservatives should believe in free market health care. However, when he says, “allowing sales across state lines,” he is referring to an unconstitutional federal or national mandate. Article III, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lays out the powers of Congress and it does not include allowing (forcing) state government make their laws so insurance companies policies are available across state lines.
The problem is that each individual state has many workers covered by employer-owned health insurance. The married ones want deliveries included, the diabetics want their insulin covered, the promiscuous ones want their condoms covered, and so it goes. These special interests lobby their state government who respond with mandates that are different in each state.
The solution is to stop the income tax codes from encouraging job-based health care. The best way to do this is to end the income tax. Then people could choose what coverage they wanted and there would be much less need for individual states to mandate specific coverage.
Senator Cruz also advocates another poor solution by saying he wants, “expanded health savings accounts.” These further complicate the income tax codes and what happens if we go to a flat tax?
Also, HSAs do not result in a free market medical care system because they require the IRS to have a list of allowable expenses. Federal bureaucrats compile this list and will influence many of our health care choices.
As HSA’s allowable health care expenses are turned into the IRS, health care data is accumulated. It is the accumulation of data that allows bureaucrats to control our “tax-free” health care choices.
Senator Cruz says that, “leaving ObamaCare alone will necessarily lead us to socialized medicine because private health insurance will collapse.” He is referring to a single payer system and he is correct. However, “Allowing” purchase of medical insurance across state lines and health savings accounts are like rearranging the chairs on the Titanic.
Only free market medical care can solve our health care problems. This can only be achieved by ending the income tax and the Federal Reserve Bank.
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