Confused by all the talk around Halbig v. Burwell? Rumors abound that this case represents the next big legal challenge to Obamacare, but how do we know it's not just hype surrounding a technicality, as the law's supporters suggest? In Halbig, an IRS interpretation of Obamacare – dubious, but crucial to the law's implementation – was rejected by the courts as an unlawful use of administrative authority. The underlying concern is the ongoing revival of extralegal executive powers – akin to the "Royal Prerogative" of yore – under the banner of "Administrative Law." If the Halbig decision stands, it would represent at least a small win against the growth of executive power. But health care isn't the only area where increasingly absolute executive authority is eroding the checks and balances of our constitutional government. Columbia Law Professor Philip Hamburger will join the show to clear up the confusion, and to reveal the long historical struggle to constrain extralegal power as told in his fascinating new book, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?
Many philosophers have opined that “taxation is theft,” and arguably it is. However, it’s far worse when government legally extorts massive sums from us through abusive statutes and no oversight. “Extortion” is the precise word to describe how the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives operative with the ruthless efficiency of organized crime without fear. “Extortion” is the title of Peter Schweizer’s best seller, subtitled (and this tells it all) “How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes and Line Their Own Pockets.” Peter has exhaustively researched this subject he shares his findings with Bob in this episode. What you hear will not make you very happy, but it will inform you, and that is the first step towards reform. If it seems that extortion is too strong a word, just listen to Peter in this non-partisan indictment of Washington and decide for yourself.
From 1:00 – 1:30, Bob spoke to John Rothmann (https://www.facebook.com/johnrothmann2?fref=ts), a nationally known author, radio host and political analyst. Bob and John present conflicting views on Obamacare and the broader issue of healthcare in America including the difficult questions such as (i) is healthcare a right? (ii) should there be any role for the government in the payment for medical services? (iii) is Obamacare the first giant step towards socialized medicine? (iv) does Medicare and Medicaid “work?” Thirty minutes of reasoned opinions, free of talking points and political blather. Thirty minutes of thoughtful and entertaining commentary and respectful disagreement. Don’t miss it.
Bob discusses Obamacare and the lost of the American system of free enterprise; the loss of personal responsibility; the loss of free markets. Bob details how rapidly America is becoming another slow-growth, paternalistic, busy-body, European country. The states, the great incubators of ideas, have just become mere agencies of federal power. Federalism, which has served us so well for over 200 years is being thrown to the wolves. We get subsidized aspirins, and lose America. Is it worth it? And. . . another bank bailout disguised as foreclosure relief.
This Sunday, Bob will be joined by Edward Hudgins, Director of Advocacy at the Atlas Society to discuss the latest chapter in the Obamacare travesty. The health care proposal in congress is now being geared up to include coverage of faith based healing and other outrageous lobbyist driven ideas. Instead of being sent to a doctor when you’re sick, you may be turned over to a spiritual hotline to help you with your aches and pains. Oy vey.
This Sunday, Bob’s guest will be MD and attorney Bruce Fagel. Together they’ll review the obscene income transfers inherent in pending health care reform legislation, and see how it stands up against core American principles. Is it reform (“amendment of what is defective” according to Webster’s) of health care or its destruction? Learn why Obamacare is a Trojan Horse, loaded with social engineering and massive income transfers. You won’t get this anywhere else.
Guest: Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.