Published: Sunday, Feb. 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
Really Rick? A checkpoint on "all the roads from Colorado in
Utah" so "Utah can protect itself from recreational pot leaking in to
its jurisdiction."Tell me you are being sarcastic. Please...
You may want to check, but "recreational pot" leaked in a
long time ago.Been watching "Reefer Madness" lately?
The only thing Obamacare has done is to vastly expand Medicaid enrollments! One
has to ask, why then did Obama and the Demos, waste so much time and money with
Obamacare when all it did was expand Medicaid? That could have been done with an
executive order and saved millions of existing insurance policies, kept
insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles from exploding and yes, "If you
liked your insurance, and your doctor, you could really have kept them,
period"! What a mess the Demos have handed us!
Is it the government's responsibility to promote health? Where is that
written? I can't find it in the Constitution. The 10th Amendment requires
the Federal Government to let the States handle everything not specifically
listed in the U. S. Constitution. Does the Utah State Constitution have a
"health clause"? If it does not, then the responsibility for personal
health is a personal matter.The dichotomy is that some people expect
public money to be used to pay personal medical bills. Why would anyone expect
that to happen? Personal welfare is personal. Each person is responsible to our
Creator to use personal liberty properly, including taking care of the physical
body that we were given. That is a matter better left to the individual.
That's why we have families. Families are responsible for their
constituent members. Government is not our nanny.
Why wait for the government to "promote better health"? Isn't that
the individual's job to promote their own health; eat better, exercise and
make better health choices? If you think the Obama administration, who seems to
think the most pressing healthcare need is more free birth control for liberal
women is going to improve your health, you are lost already!
The governor should threaten to do the Arizona's governor did. Veto every
piece of legislation until a viable medicaid expansion bill is on his desk. As
to the "leaking" pot issue...I do think we have more serious problems.
But there should be some kind of a state effort to educate the public about the
dangers of ingesting harmful substances and yes even overeating. Overeating is
probably a bigger long health problem that smoking pot, or for that matter
cigarettes and other forms of tobacco.
What a novel idea! Checkpoints. It worked so well in East Germany & Russia.
I further suggest that we set up checkpoints at every County Line. The
author of this letter is a professor at UVU. I'll bet he would appreciate
checkpoints to Utah County. Anyone without a temple recommend will be turned
The legislature can complain (and will) 24/7 about Obamacare but there's
nothing they can do about it, so they might as well make the best of it. But
even if they expand Medicaid, we still have a problem. Too many MDs can't
take Medicaid patients and drive their boats and sports cars and furnish their
mansions all at the same time. What we really need is MDs who are in business to
care for people.
Mike and Thid:Ever heard of the "general welfare"? Guess
what? It's right there in the U.S. Constitution, in at least two places
(preamble and Art. 1 Sec. 8). If you don't think public health is a proper
role of government to promote the general welfare, then what does general
welfare mean? If public health is outside governmental power, you
must also be against all government restrictions on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana,
heroin, meth, cocaine, and prescription medications: no more war on drugs--just
let 'em flow freely. You must believe that government should
not regulate emissions from your autos, trucks, Stericycle, the oil refineries,
or coal-burning power plants. Burn, baby, burn.You must think that
government should not try to protect your food and water supplies from harmful
pathogens and contamination. Shut down the water treatment plants. Fire the
meat inspectors.And why have traffic laws? They only tend to
protect citizens' health.Sheesh!
Curmudgeon,Sorry, but you totally misunderstand the word
"general" as opposed to the word "personal". A road promotes
the "general" welfare. The car you drive to cross that bridge is your
"personal" welfare. The license your doctor needs to practice medicine
is "general". Treating his patients is "private".The forefathers would have been appalled to learn how many people stick their
hands out to receive personal welfare from their fellow citizens. At one time,
Americans had pride. They were willing to work for what they, their families
and all whom they loved. Now the first thing people do is to call their
Congressman and ask him where their welfare check is.
Mike:Where does the Constitution define or distinguish
"general" from "personal" welfare? I've got 200+ years of
Supreme Court decisions telling me that "general welfare," as used in
the Constitution, is an expansive and flexible concept that justifies many of
your despised social programs. What have you got besides your own narrow
Under the "individual mandate" portion of Obamacare, 5% of Americans
lost their insurance coverage thanks to the requirements written into the law.
As hard as the left tries, they can't blame "Big Insurance" for
this one.This was just a precursor for what's coming when the
"Employer Mandate" portion of this nightmare healthcare law kicks in. I
guess this is why Obama, willy nilly, through one of his edicts delayed this
employer mandate until just after the 2014 elections. Hmm, now why would that
be? If this law is so wonderful and crucial, and Americans just can't wait,
why the delay? Simple, it's going to be an unmitigated disaster, and Obama
and the Dems know it!Still trying to understand how Dear Leader can
delay, what we were told by the SCOTUS was a tax?The young people
who voted for Obama twice are now coming to understand it is they who will be
paying the lion’s share of this disaster. Wealth redistribution sounds
great when you’re a college student. Funny how things change when
you’ve finished school, can’t get a job, and realize you’re
the one whose wealth will be redistributed.
Curmudgeon,You've also got Barrack Obama telling us that he
will legislate using executive orders. You've also got Barrack Obama
telling us the he will enforce those laws and those parts of laws that he wants
to enforce. You also have a court ruling that told us that we cannot eat our
own food or feed the crops that we raise to our own animals. How about using
the Constitution as a "steel ruler" instead of an "elastic band"
that can be turned and twisted to mean anything that you want it to mean?You know what you would do if someone decided to park his semi in your
driveway because he felt that it was in the "general interest" of the
community that he have easy access to your private property to use as he saw
fit, yet you allow anyone to draw funds from tax revenues collected from working
Americans to feed themselves, to clothe themselves, to pay for their personal
doctor bills. I hope you don't have a garden, because FDR said
that you can't eat from it.
We need to remember, Mike Richards wants to disband the Enviromental
Protection Agency and Department of Education.[but for some reason,
remains eerily quite about GWBushs's Home Land Security and TSA.}
Obamacare is much more than expanding Medicaid enrollments Mountain Man. I have
Obamacare which is a regular personal health plan, but without the pre existing
conditions and other things that insurance burdened the country with before. And
the plans that people had cancelled was corrected too. These plans did not meet
the qualifications needed for the good and fair AFA standards, but a person can
keep them this year if desired (while they look for a better plan)
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