It is no secret that in the upcoming presidential race, ObamaCare will be a key issue. Thus, it is not too surprising that this issue has also been raised in the Republican presidential primary. Many opponents and critics alike have attacked GOP front-runner, Mitt Romney, for establishing RomneyCare in Massachusetts – which many have labeled the blueprint to ObamaCare. In fact, fellow presidential candidate, Rick Santorum has repeatedly made the claim that Mitt Romney is the “worst possible person” to argue against ObamaCare.
I really don't find any legitimate reason why [Romney] would oppose [Obamacare], because the plan he put together in Massachusetts is in fact ObamaCare on the state level," and therefore Romney is 'uniquely unqualified and I would argue disqualified' from arguing against ObamaCare. – Rick Santorum
With respect to Mr. Santorum, there are very good reasons why the founding fathers created the United States of America, rather than just one state of America. To wit, one can unequivocally state with absolute certainty that there is at least one important distinction between the two healthcare plans and it is this distinction that calls into question the constitutionality of ObamaCare.
Some may ask how one could make such a definitive statement without spending years upon years meticulously scrutinizing President Obama’s excessively voluminous healthcare mandate – yes, the very same one that Nancy Pelosi famously urged Congress to pass without actually reading it. Without getting substantively into whether or not ObamaCare is actually constitutional, the answer is nonetheless found in the United States Constitution – not in the thousands upon thousands of pages in Barack Obama’s ironically titled Affordable Care Act.
The Tenth Amendment succinctly reads, “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” What does this mean? This means that unless, healthcare is mandated by the Constitution (which it is not), then such power is reserved to the states and the people therein to decide.
To contrast the two healthcare provisions, Romney’s plan is a state mandate – passed by the state, for the state – while Obama’s plan is a federal mandate imposed upon the state, on every state, by the federal government. To ignore or dismiss this central difference is political mischief.