Posted by | September 23, 2010 15:42 | Filed under: Top Stories

Think Progress has good information about the new “Pledge to America” put out by the GOP.  Amazingly, the “repeal and replace” section on what they want to do with health care indicates that what they want to “replace” already exists in the Affordable Health Care Act.  A few examples:

  Affordable Care Act GOP’s ‘Pledge To America’
Insurance Across State Lines Allows for the creation of State Health Insurance Compacts – permits states to enter into agreements to allow for the sale of insurance across state lines. (SEC. 1333; p. 100-101) “We will allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live. ” (p. 15)
High-Risk Insurance Pools The states and the federal government have already established high-risk insurance pools to provide temporary coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions until 2014. (SEC. 1101; p. 30-33) “We will expand state high-­‐risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage” (p. 15)
Pre-Existing Conditions Children cannot be denied coverage starting today, but beginning in 204, insurers must accept everyone who applies. (SEC. 2702-2705; p. 46-51)

“We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-­‐existingcondition.” (p. 15)

In addition, the “Pledge” embraces a “Tenther” view of the Constitution, stating that they don’t want to fund anything that isn’t specifically laid out there.

We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored – particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all 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.

This was a battle our founders had, with this being a Madisonian view. However, Madison himself came to reject the idea that only specific things mentioned in the document could be funded.  Specifically it’s Article 1 of the Constitution that lays out the authority various branches of government have, with Section 8 giving Congress the power to “provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States.”

Tentherism, taken to extreme, would deny Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and education.  Tentherism informed the “Southern Manifesto” after the Supreme Court passed Brown v Board of Education because, they claimed, education wasn’t mentioned in the Constitution. The argument was even used by secessionists during the Civil War, who claimed each state was sovereign and could leave the Union at will.

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