Welfare Reform and Obamacare have slowly and methodically crippled America and with each passing day is chipping away at the freedoms granted to us in the Constitution of the United States.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) mandated that every state must add a workforce development component to its welfare system. This mandate required that people receiving welfare benefits must obtain at least part-time employment in order to keep those benefits. This would provide workers in industry and allow those receiving welfare the opportunity to gain work experience to eventually transition off the welfare rolls. In 2012, President Obama approved a change in this reform allowing states to waive that work requirement under certain conditions.
Now Enter Obamacare . . .
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, is designed to streamline the delivery of health care to Americans by forcing insurance companies to charge the same rate to every applicant regardless of age, gender or pre-existing conditions. This is an important factor because the Act also mandates that everyone purchase health care insurance. If all rates are the same and nobody can be denied, then it will be easier for everyone to obtain health insurance. The theory is that if everyone has health insurance, then the cost of health care will be spread out among everyone.
Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, two political activists in the 60s, developed a strategy to crash the welfare system and force the government to create a national solution. Welfare recipients have a structured benefit system. No matter where they live or how much they pay in rent or mortgage, they receive the same amount per person. In essence, each person is receiving the same “salary” as everyone else. Now they will receive the same health care as everyone else. While this may not have been the vision of the Cloward-Piven strategy in action, these reforms are fulfilling the ultimate goal: eliminating poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of . . . Power?
The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of . . .” Yet, by August 1, 2013, religious organizations providing health insurance to their employees must include contraceptives under the covered prescriptions, in spite of any religious beliefs against contraception. The contraception provision was included in the Act based on a recommendation by the Institute of Medicine, which is founded under a national charter where the mission, activities and authority of the group are set by Congress. This is seen by many as the blurring the line between Church and State.
The Ninth Amendment expressly states that the rights not specifically mentioned in the Bill of Rights are “retained by the people,” not by the government. Further, the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution is quite specific:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
These two amendments tell us:
• The federal government has no direct power to enforce laws created that by-pass state legislation. (Several states have passed legislation nullifying Obamacare.)
• The federal government has no power to enforce laws that will remove the liberty of its people to choose whether they purchase health care insurance or not.
Enactment and enforcement of these Acts is a violation of everyone’s constitutional rights. If the American people accept and allow these reforms to be fully enacted, we risk forfeiting any constitutional arguments we have to further mandates put forth by the federal government. The federal government is not supposed to rule the people; the people are supposed to rule the government.
Author: Charlotte Gilbert