- The Washington Times - Friday, March 19, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Congressional health care bills would imprison Americans by forcing individuals onto government-defined pathways that implement elitist concepts of personal welfare.The stimulus bill created burdensome, intrusive structures with the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Health Information Research Centers. Legislation would now add over 100 new commissions and programs with similar mesmerizing titles. These bureaucracies provide the framework for boundless regulatory masterpieces constraining human freedom.

Congress would allow standard government practice to transform end-of-life discussions and critical care judgments into life-ending decisions.New regulations would draw from legislative provisions, legislator speeches and popular academic expertise.The result would be roads to federally defined, cost-effective and approved treatments.

The legislation and regulations would force seniors and disabled persons into second-class citizenship.According to popular philosophies, scarce health resources are best directed away from people deemed deficient in societal contributions compared to active workers and youths. As a result, medical professionals would join private-sector professionals such as education financial aid directors and certified public accountants, some of whom serve as federal agents instead of client advocates.

Federal administrative law is the soft underbelly of our Constitution. Pursuit of happiness means primarily spiritual prosperity within the hazards and uncertainties of personal freedoms. However, politicians always offer enchanting material security, while obscuring subservience to rules.Nationalized health care legislation attacks our Bill of Rights by confiscating speech and religious freedoms, personal life without access to courts and trial and Ninth Amendment personal freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.

NOLAN NELSON

Eugene, Ore.

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