Health Care Turning Point: Why Single Payer Won’t Work
By Roger Battistella
(MIT Press, 165 pages, $21.95)
ObamaCare’s fundamental principle, that the United States Congress has the power to make Americans purchase a specific product, could be the ultimate reason why ObamaCare might be led to the same fate as the Revenue Act of 1861, an income tax bill that was also repealed.
But similar to the failed legislation for imposing an income tax prior to 1913, the first step in reforming the American health care system is in deriving just powers from the consent of the governed through a constitutional amendment.
Such action to effect greater safety and happiness would then make it possible for Congress to link revenues – collected through the 16th Amendment – with bureau budgeting for health insurance premiums, thus permitting state and federal governments to concentrate on their proper relationship with American society: security with standards in the consumer-driven health care system required to prevent our posterity from suffering through a potential catastrophe due to Barack Obama’s willfull neglect of the legislative process.
Roger M. Battistella, Health Care Turning Point: Why Single Payer Won’t Work (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2010).
Joseph White, “Budgeting for Entitlements,” in Handbook of Government Budgeting, ed. Roy T. Meyers (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999).
Roy V. Wood and Lynn Goodnight, Strategic Debate (Lincolnwood: National Textbook, 1995).