This revelation from Big Government should make your flesh crawl:
To achieve the goal of a universal, single-payer health system, the White House must secure the power it needs by amending the Social Security Act to transfer pivotal controls from Congress to the executive branch. This transfer of power would ultimately give the President and the majority party, in this case the radical left Obama White House and Pelosi-Reid led progressive Democrats, the authority to frame and manipulate new policy, coverage options, and reimbursements, ultimately reshaping the future US health care system into a something unrecognizable in this country.
The deliberate setup for the White House power grab is built into the each of the health care bills and, if they fail, little-known twin bills called “MedPAC Reform of 2009” are waiting in the wings. The bills, S.B. 1110 and H.R. 2718, craftily amend the Social Security Act and transfer the Medicare guideline and rule setting processes, from the legislative branch to the executive branch. These bills offer cover to one another in case one doesn’t pass the House or Senate, respectively. Remember, Democrats need to gain executive branch authority by amending the Social Security Act over Medicare regulations and physician fee schedules to transform the health care system in a single-payer, socialized system.
When conservatives — and some principled liberals — objected to Obama’s expansion of Bush’s unconstitutional assault on habeas corpus, the government supremacists and pro-war, any war crowd howled that we were undermining our overlord’s tireless efforts to protect us:
There are preconditions to both security and liberty, and thus Glenn Greenwald’s absolutism is both wrong and immoral — and certainly not conservative. (In fact, Greenwald and his allies are not unlike the extremists of France in 1792 who took absolute liberté to its ultimate solution of the gallows.) Not only do strong national instutions, [sic] in the case of a vigorous executive, serve the interests of basic survival, but they are even more fundamental to the classical political philosophy of constitutional governement. [sic]
And if the Democrats do cede authority to regulate health care to the Executive branch, it’ll be a snap to defend the action as essential to “security” — in fact, Obama and his supporters have already framed health care as essential to the nation’s “economic security”:
President Obama cites costs as a major reason to revamp the health care system. Lawmakers this month will begin marrying separate health care bills approved last year by the House and Senate.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., an architect of the Senate health bill, said the report shows costs are rising as wages decline. “Health reform is not only about ensuring health care security for more Americans, it is also about ensuring economic security,” he said.
Congratulations, Neocons — you’ve ushered in American socialism. In the name of national security, you’ve terrified Americans into submitting to a Chief Executive who can overrule Constitutional constraints on his power. Heckuva job.