Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Obamacare - #3692 - VIDEO: Does the Obamacare Individual Mandate Make Contracts Unenforceable? Hot Air (2) Poll: 63% Say No to Free Health Care - Washington Examiner (3) Catholic Bishop Warns HHS Mandate Will Mean an End to Catholic Hospitals, Clinics, Charities - Hot Air

PLEASE WATCH, VERY COMPELLING ARGUMENT IN THIS NEW BRIEF FILED WITH THE SUPREME COURT.

Does the Obamacare Individual Mandate Make Contracts Unenforceable? - Hot Air -  Constitutional law professor Elizabeth Price Foley, who is the executive director of the Institute’s Florida Chapter and who co-authored IJ’s brief, said, “The individual mandate violates a cardinal rule of contract law—to be enforceable, all agreements must be voluntary. The Framers understood this, and would never have given the federal government the power to force individuals into lifelong contracts of insurance. The Court should not allow the government to exercise this unprecedented and dangerous power.” As IJ’s brief shows, the principle of mutual assent, under which both parties must consent for a contract to be valid, is a fundamental principle of contract law that was well understood during the Founding era and is still a cornerstone of contract law today. Indeed, contracts entered under duress have long been held to be invalid. Yet the mandate forces individuals to enter into contracts of insurance that would never be valid under this longstanding principle. If the U.S. Supreme Court fails to strike down the individual mandate, there will be nothing to stop Congress from forcing people into other contracts against their will—employment contracts or union membership, for example.  Read more.............

Poll: 63% Say No to Free Health Care - Washington Examiner - The voting public apparently agrees that nothing in life is free, especially health care. A new Rasmussen poll finds that 51 percent oppose free universal health care and a whopping 63 percent reject it if required to change their current insurance coverage to a free government plan.  In a survey of 1,000 likely voters, Rasmussen waded into the current political debate over free health care and issues like contraception for women, finding that most don't want freebies.  He found that only 39 percent favor free health care for all Americans, with 51 percent opposed to universal free health care.  Read more.........

Catholic Bishop Warns HHS Mandate Will Mean an End to Catholic Hospitals, Clinics, Charities - Hot Air - Will Catholic bishops eventually drop their objections to the HHS mandate and comply, even though it would require them to fund and facilitate access to contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients like IUDs and “ella” that violate their deeply-held doctrines on the sanctity of life? Not according to Francis Cardinal George, archbishop of Barack Obama’s home town of Chicago. In a missive to parishioners on the first Sunday of Lent, Cardinal George warns that the Catholic Church will shut down its hospitals, clinics, and charities before submitting to the mandate — and provides a little history lesson as well:  What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A Catholic institution, so far as I can see right now, will have one of four choices: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the church will not be permitted to have an institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for insurance policies that cover abortifacient drugs, artificial contraception and sterilization. This is not economically sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a non-Catholic group or to a local government. 4) Close down. …  Read more.....

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