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No call to arms in fight against health care reform

January 18, 2011

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WHEN I first heard about the Tucson shootings, I expected people to rush out and blame talk radio, regardless of contrary evidence. But I never expected that anyone would try to blame ordinary conservatives like me who oppose ObamaCare. Yet a recent Globe column implicitly does that, by suggesting that calling ObamaCare a threat to our “freedom’’ is even worse than the “language of violence’’ (“It’s not the violence; it’s the insurrection,’’ Op-ed, Jan. 11).

I have explained in court briefs why ObamaCare unconstitutionally exceeds Congress’s powers. Such reasoned “discourse’’ is in no way “dehumanizing.’’ Nor is there anything wrong with pointing out, as I have done, that ObamaCare contains unconstitutional racial preferences.

I don’t hate the government. I used to work for a judge. I just believe in limits on federal power — just like the judge killed in Tucson, who declared provisions of the Brady Act unconstitutional based on the 10th Amendment.

Hans Bader
Senior attorney
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Washington

The writer filed an amicus brief in Florida v. HHS, a court challenge to the health care law, and helped file an amicus brief in another case, Virginia v. Sebelius, in which Judge Henry Hudson struck down the law’s individual mandate.