Constitution and Health Care Reform In a letter published in the Nov. 3, 2009 issue of The ASHA Leader, Ken Mylott complains about national health care reform. He says, “President Obama has no constitutional right to enact laws that are ‘reserved’ to the states.” He is correct, but not for the reason he names. No ... Inbox
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Constitution and Health Care Reform
The ASHA Leader, December 2009, Vol. 14, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.14162009.2
The ASHA Leader, December 2009, Vol. 14, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.14162009.2
In a letter published in the Nov. 3, 2009 issue of The ASHA Leader, Ken Mylott complains about national health care reform. He says, “President Obama has no constitutional right to enact laws that are ‘reserved’ to the states.”
He is correct, but not for the reason he names. No president has the right to enact laws. That process is reserved to Congress.
Mr. Mylott’s reiteration of a common just-say-no, strict-constructionist ploy might be stronger if his reading of the Constitution were expanded beyond a questionable interpretation of the 10th Amendment. He ought also to read Articles I and II, which describe, respectively, the rights and powers of the legislative and executive branches of our government.
As it is, his is just another voice trying to find things to blame on our president. He has the right to do so of course, but when he does, he has to expect to be challenged.
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