Sunday, March 2, 2014

Don't Know Much About History

Don’t Know Much About History
P. Schultz
March 2, 2014

            Here are some interesting facts I learned just yesterday about American history, which seem relevant these days even though they involve stuff that happened a very long time ago.

            The fifth Congress of the U.S., which met in 1798, passed a bill, which became law, entitled “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seaman.” What makes this law relevant today is that it required, yes, required that privately employed seamen purchase health insurance. This act also led to the establishment of The Maritime Hospital Service which consisted of several hospitals built and run by the national government. These hospitals were funded by a 1% tax on all seamen, and this tax was withheld by the employers of said seamen.

            Secondly, in 1792, George Washington signed into law “The Militia Act of 1792,” which among other things required that the militia members buy a weapon, as well as other necessary items such as “a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder….”

         So, for all of those people arguing that it is unconstitutional for the national government to require people to purchase health insurance because, as that paragon of intelligence, Justice Scalia, said, that this would mean the government could require us to buy broccoli, guess what? Apparently, something like this has already been done and it was done by some of those men who helped to write the Constitution. Now that seems to confirm that the “original intent” of at least some of those who wrote the Constitution is perfectly consistent with Obamacare’s mandate. Will this persuade any on these protesters of Obamacare? Come on, folks, you don’t actually think that these types are influenced by such evidence, do you? What fun would that be?

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