For a long time I have been defending PCR against the claim from more mainstream conservatives that he is or has become liberal, a claim they base on his opposition to the War, opposition to Bush, writing at CounterPunch, etc. These people are usually completely ignorant of PCR’s background. But after this latest rant, I am not sure I can any longer defend him. He has come out in favor of a single-payer health care system. He seems to have either such an axe to grind against insurance companies and the system that he has embraced a policy counter to his conservative instincts just to spite them, or he really has drifted to a populist leftist position.
Nothing in the Constitution authorizes the Feds to do ANYTHING regarding healthcare. Period. End of discussion. If you want health care reform at the Federal level then bother to amend the Constitution or shut up. The only things that I can think of that the Feds could constitutionally do re. health care is dismantle the unconstitutional programs and regulations that are already in place and change the patent laws re. pharmaceuticals. If anyone can think of anything else then I would like to hear it.