Wacky Sheila Jackson Lee: Repealing ObamaCare Violates The Constitution

by William Teach | January 19, 2011 7:52 am

It’s so simple: including a mandate that requires someone to buy health insurance based on a Constitutional clause giving Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce, which means someone had actually purchased something, but, they haven’t purchased it yet, but, you will purchase it because the government says you have to purchase it, so, because you will be required to purchase it it comes under the Commerce Clause….confused by government time machine logic yet? Anyhow, here’s Almond Joy Sheila Jackson Lee, courtesy of Philip Klein at the American Spectator[1]

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said on Tuesday afternoon that repealing the national health care law would violate the Constitution.

Arguing that the Commerce Clause provides the constitutional basis for ObamaCare, Jackson Lee said repealing the law by passing Republicans’ H.R. 2 violates both the Fifth Amendment’s right to due process and the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause.

“The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process,” she said in a speech on the House floor moments ago. “That is what H.R. 2 does and I rise in opposition to it. And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.

She continued, “Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”

Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than requiring a citizen to purchase health insurance simply for living? How about the federal government’s failure to secure the border? That’s actually in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8).

Good thing she understands the Constitution, since the 5th is about criminal prosecution, except for a tiny last bit (land seizure). As to the rest, she’s just making it up as she goes along, in an attempt to say that repealing ObamaCare, legislation that is overwhelmingly unpopular, would make the Founders roll in their graves.

Meanwhile, 200 economists have written a letter[2] saying that it should be repealed, as it would have disastrous effects on the economy.

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  1. Philip Klein at the American Spectator: http://spectator.org/blog/2011/01/18/shelia-jackson-lee-says-repeal
  2. 200 economists have written a letter: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/200-economists-ask-lawmakers-repeal-obam
  3. Pirate’s Cove: http://www.thepiratescove.us/
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