For those who might doubt the nature of this threat I suggest they consult the source. Here is a link to the Constitution: another to the Bill of Rights: you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us. That’s a question judges get paid to settle, so we can’t answer that definitively. Michael Connelly, the "retired attorney" who penned the diatribe included in the e-mail, makes a number of other claims about the bill, too, such as that private insurance companies will be forced out of existence. Connelly begins his constitutional objections by calling the bill "the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred." He claims that there’s nothing in the "text of the Constitution" giving Congress the authority to regulate health care. Michael Connelly Retired Attorney, Constitutional Law Instructor Carrollton, Texas We’ve received dozens of queries from readers about this chain e-mail, and especially about its claims that the House health care overhaul bill, H. He’s right that the document doesn’t specifically grant Congress that power, but that’s a very narrow reading of the words.
Michael Connelly of Carrollton, Texas is a retired Constitutional lawyer and has read the entire health care bill and has some comments, not about the bill, but about the effects on our Constitution.
As a result Congress unquestionably possesses the power "to deal directly and specifically" with health care in order to obtain "social, health [and] economic advantages" for the American people.
Since the OLC memo was written, there have been a couple of important Supreme Court decisions striking down congressional statutes for being insufficiently grounded in the commerce clause: One law banned the possession of firearms in the vicinity of schools, while another gave victims of gender-motivated crimes the right to sue their attackers in federal court.
This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights.
Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to "be bound by oath or affirmation" to support the Constitution.