Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ron Paul Responds to Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

From Ron Paul:

I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.

Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance,  or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t.  The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of  a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.

Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.


  1. RP has an uncanny ability to cut through all the BS and get right to the heart of the matter, which in this case is simply government coercion and compulsion. And while this will fire up the GOP base, it will make no difference if the GOP is successful this fall. This is just one more nail in the republic's coffin.

  2. "Some experts have declared that it is necessary to tax the people until it hurts. I disagree with these sadists." - Ludwig von Mises

  3. We should do everything in our power not to use insurance when possible. Use a healthcare spending account or start one if you can. Negotiate prices with dentists and doctors. I think they will like seeing more than a co-pay made with cash. That was the way before the federal government went full bore into medicine in the 1960s. We consumers are led by the nose to go against our best interests. We could make Obamacare fall in reality next month if we wanted to. The Federal Reserve too. If only all us proles knew better.

  4. I hope that as Ron Paul gears up to leave the political realm he will increasily reveal his hard Rothbardian core. This statement sounds like it came from a man whose mind is steeped heavily in the philosophy of voluntarism. Kudos to Dr. Paul!