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Letter: Tony Amador believes in free market, Constitution

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00 am

Neal Welsh, my brochure states “Repeal and replace Obamacare”; replace did not mean with another government program. You are correct that universal health care is not a “constitutional right.”

“Obamacare,” passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court as a “tax,” was deemed within the power of Congress. This legislation passed without one Republican vote in the House of Representatives.

I believe any act of Congress has to be enumerated in the Constitution. Providing universal health care is not in the Constitution and I had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would have ruled thusly.

Repealing “Obamacare” is unlikely with a U.S. Senate and presidency controlled by Democrats. Should we succeed in gaining control of the Senate, we would still have to override a Presidential Veto. To repeal, we need a new president. The word “replace” means, replace with market force competition across state lines. Replace means private sector insurance, competition, not a government insurance program.

My belief in the “free market” enterprise system is the reason I oppose government run railroads, airlines and post offices. The federal government subsidizes government enterprises by taxing the people. More government power over our lives, means less freedom.

This law, arbitrarily passed by the Democrats, gives government effective control over health care, which represents approximately 1/6th of the United States’ economy. This is frightening.

Once government has control over the health care of the people, people become more dependent on government, effectively creating a “socialistic state.” As a representative of the people I will not be a lackey to either party. My loyalty in serving is to do what is right for those I represent, not for what is politically expedient.

I believe in the Constitution and that our government was created as a Republic. My decisions in Congress will be based upon the limitations of government as enumerated in the Constitution. Under no circumstances will I vote to extend the powers and controls of government over its citizens. We need protection from government excesses. We need a “representative” who understands we are quickly and dangerously moving towards a socialistic form of government.

Antonio ‘Tony’ Amador

Candidate, 9th Congressional District

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