Obama Care, USPS, and so-called IP
Originally published June 28, 2012. Eight years later healthcare is still an issue of debate, but in a different way, and USPS is still in an existential crisis. Now the question is Medicare for All, or the mishmash interventionist system without the penalty/tax since President Trump removed that aspect of the law; leaving it up for the laboratories of the States to decide…
There have been partisan boos and hoorahs abounding over the result of the Supreme Court deeming the Patient Protection and Affordable care Act constitutional. The liberal non-interventionist does not advocate nationalized healthcare nor an increase in the organized confiscation of capital, taxes. The one modicum of hope is to be found in a news bite from Ben Swann. Chief Justice John Roberts has ordained that President Obama's healthcare measure is a tax, regardless of the proponents calling it a penalty. Uncharacteristically, I agree. It is a fact, but there is ambiguity as to what would make it an unenumerated power. As a liberal I know that economic intervention, whether constitutional or not, runs into the immovable barrier of economic law. The post office and patent/copyright laws are examples of this. Ben Swann points out that taxes originating in the Senate are patently unconstitutional. History will illustrate that praxeological axioms are to be adhered to, and that the healthcare debate is far from over.