Presidential candidate Mitt Romney surprised a crowd of New Jersey citizens today when he said that, if elected, there is at least one provision of ObamaCare that he would not retract. The announcement appeared to be at odds with his former pledges to end the controversial law upon election.
Speaking at Hackensack University Medical Center , Romney, a man with a keen eye for details and a capable research staff, stood at the lectern with a copy of the hefty Patient Affordable Health Care Act in hand. In it, he pointed out the provisions of Section 612 (b) 1.a (III)c.1 through c.3., on page 1877 of the controversial new law. In this section, the President is authorized to order the dispensing of medications and /or medical devices on an emergency basis to ". . any group of persons, whether concentrated or diffuse in location, who are deemed to be afflicted by a serious medical condition that poses a potential threat to the larger community in which they work, or live."
Romney further noted that a following section of the law states that "any member of an afflicted group may be quarantined as needed to contain the threat . . " and that ". . anyone who fails to use said medications or apply said medical devices in the manner prescribed by the Surgeon General will be subject to a financial penalty not to exceed $1000 per day."
Mandatory treatments and quarantines are not novel ideas when it comes to public health law. The rational for taking this form of Draconian action is to protect the public against an epidemic of a dangerous contagion such as Small Pox. In recent years, this kind of concern has been heightened by the prospect of a terrorist's intentional use of communicable biological warfare agent.
What makes the noted ObamaCare provisions quite unique is that they allow for the identification of "afflicted" persons, and for the resulting declaration of their need for mandatory treatment or quarantine, to simply be "deemed" necessary by the President. He is not required to be advised to do so by a physician or public health specialist.
Romney reminded his audience that "deeming" seems to be a favorite tactic of Democrats. Followers of the health bill may recall when in 2010, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi floated the idea of having the House simply "deem" that it had passed the Senate's version of a health care bill. The unprecedented and seemingly undemocratic procedure was perceived as perhaps the only way to circumvent a vote that would have been turned down by her own party's members. Upon this "deeming", the idea was to then vote on a separate bill to make fixes in the bill that it hadn't technically voted on. Huh? Only in Pelosi-land. As it turned out, wayward Democrat Senators and Congressmen were bribed and strong-armed to tow the party line, and the health bill finally passed without so being "deemed".
When Mitt Romney was asked how it was that he could agree with the health bill's seemingly dictatorial "deeming" provision, he replied "Well, I do absolutely and resolutely object to the prospect of any "deeming" ever being done by President Obama. Why? Because I believe he and his socialist advisers would go to any length to further consolidate their power, and who know what kind of scheme they might cook up.
"On the other hand, if I am elected, you can be certain that I would yield this authority in only the fairest and most honorable fashion. For example, it is clear that many journalism, sociology, political science, and Keynesian economics professors present a clear and present danger to the mental health of our nation's college students. And as for their former students who they've already infected with socialist ideologies, and who now hold positions of influence in our government, media, and legal institutions, they too are a threat, as they further infect our society with false creeds of communal utopian-ism.
"Clearly, if all the Typhoid Mary's of progressive mindset could be quarantined in some place like, say, San Francisco, our society would be much , much better off. We could greatly downsize the government, and our children and grandchildren would have an immensely improved chance of living a happy, productive life. Not only that, but the quarantined commune of radical leftists would become a sort of a living test-tube example for all to witness the utter failure of socialism."
With that, Romney departed the podium with tongue planted far in his right cheek. The "makers" among the crowd laughed, and cheered his ingenious use of satire to make a point. The "takers" among them jeered instead, being too weak of mind and too angry of heart to grasp their own mockery.