Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:01 PM
RC (25,592 posts)
The U.S. Constitution says the Congress has the power to provide for the general welfare of the
United States How are "We the people... not a part of the general welfare mentioned?
Congress is failing at it's duties, not having the people in mind.
Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:
We The People "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and PROVIDE FOR THE common defense and GENERAL WELFARE of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;..." Twice in our Constitution it mentions "general welfare" What constitutes 'General Welfare'?
The old-age benefits provisions of the Social Security Act of 1935 is an example of providing for the 'general welfare'. Medicaid/Medicare are 2 more examples of providing for the 'general welfare'.
Government controlled, Single Payer, Universal health care for the people of the United States IS covered by the Constitution, because the relative health of our citizens does affect the general welfare of the Nation. 45,000 dead people a year are proof the profit driven, privately run systems we have in place now are not working to provide the necessary health care for our nation.
How can our present private health insurance system, with its many insurance companies (each with its own way of doing things), its own highly paid management, its own attention to the bottom line for its share holders, its own claims requirements, its own forms for submitting claims, each trying to maximize profits, etc., be more efficient than any government controlled single Payer system, with its single set of rules and forms?
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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:21 PM
AldoLeopold (600 posts)
1. Yes, the Republicans know this
and they don't care. Some doucheball with a law degree (or 10,000 doucheballs with a law degree) figure the General Welfare Clause means that the government provides on the common defense and for roads and shit - and they're fighting the roads part.
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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:46 PM
elleng (69,664 posts)
2. and a bunch of 'doucheballs' without law degrees,
but with lies for people in their home districts, have been elected, and don't give a damn about the General Welfare.