Sen. Colbeck issues statement on Affordable Care Act Supreme Court ruling
LANSING—Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Affordable Care Act:
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is disappointing. It is an unfortunate decision for Michigan’s middle class families; they are the ones who are going to be forced to spend more of their money for worse health care. By affirming the individual mandate, the free market principles this country was founded on were abandoned in favor of socialist ideas.”
Colbeck then offered the following comparison:
“When the Supreme Court ruled that the health care mandate could be continued as a tax, it ignored the constraints placed upon Congress via the enumerated powers of Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. ‘We the People’ relinquished enumerated powers to our federal government, not unlimited powers. The power to tax was indeed one of these powers referenced in the preamble of Section 8, but it was constrained to the context of the enumerated powers that followed. When our nation was faced with a similar power grab in 1791 regarding the formation of a national bank, Thomas Jefferson stated:
“‘It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It [the Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect.’
“Since everything Congress could dream of could be subject to a tax, this ruling continues the erosion of the principle of limited government,” Colbeck concluded.