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Re: Nuts

Re Obamacare, I’m with Michael. It has been somewhat dispiriting to see so many of my colleagues apparently sideswiped by what ought to have been stark staring obvious. As those of us who’ve lived under such systems have endeavored to point out:

I’ve been saying in this space for two years that the governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible.

That’s not an accident, it’s the whole point of it:

Government health care is not about health care, it’s about government. Once you look at it that way, what the Dems are doing makes perfect sense. For them.

If you don’t get that after this last fortnight, you never will. As I write in my weekend column, there is almost literally nothing that does not fall under Commissar Sebelius’s “health” portfolio. And she’s just getting warmed up:

The Secretary shall establish by regulation standards for determining and disclosing the nutrient content for standard menu items that come in different flavors, varieties, or combinations, but which are listed as a single menu item, such as soft drinks, ice cream, pizza, doughnuts, or children’s combination meals, through means determined by the Secretary, including ranges, averages, or other methods.

So once the Bishops have fought back the pharmacological abortion, maybe they can save the church bake sale.

As Michael says:

That’s the kind of men the country used to be made of: citizens, not subjects. It’s high time they and their representatives in Congress stepped up and said: Nuts, without waiting for the Supreme Court to do it for them.

Given the willingness of courts to torture the language of the Constitution to endorse whatever novelties tickle their fancy, is it so hard to picture five judges concluding that the Commerce Clause now extends to “tooth-level surveillance”? Michael’s right. Even in as overly legalistic a society as America has become, what sort of freeborn citizen bets his liberties on Anthony Kennedy?

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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