Thursday, June 29, 2006

Our Socialist Constitution

A law that requires Medicaid beneficiaries to prove their citizenship before obtaining health benefits is unconstitutional and should not be allowed to take effect July 1, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Congress passed legislation earlier this year designed to ensure that only citizens or qualified legal immigrants gain access to Medicaid, which is the state-federal health insurance program for the poor. More than 50 million people get health care through the program.

Sometimes I marvel at the privilege of living in the Age of Absurdity. First came the Enlightenment, proceeded by the Benightment. Do these people sit around with coffee and donuts all day, in brainstorming sessions, sweating up new ideas that challenge such quaint notions as up is up, and down is down?

As most of you know, it's debatable whether or not anyone should receive Medicaid health care, since it requires robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. But how could any reading of the Constitution lead one to the bizarre conclusion that not extending this courtesy to those of illegal status is a violation of our founding document? These people have no legal footing in our country; they are not citizens.

When determining the constitutionality of a course of action, perhaps the courts should consult the U.S. Constitution, not that of socialist France.

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