Fwiw, this ruling just furthers my opinion that this "reform act" while under cover of "giving" health care, was most simply about taking more control.
I don't think it was carelessness, stupidity or ignorance. It was "the audacity of arrogance" (to paraphrase) and the power of precedence.
Because once you have the force, you don't have to bother with persuasion anymore. US.gov knows what's best for you and you will buy insurance. Or any other "choice" they decide to make for your "benefit" in the future.
Look at "The government's bloated new dietary guidelines "
The govt wants you to change your diet, reduce salt, increase fruits & veggies. That's fine and an admirable goal.
Vilsack said he can help fellow Americans to do the same - as long as they are willing to share with the government a few intimate details about themselves, such as how much they weigh, every morsel of food that passes their lips, and how they occupy themselves every minute of the day and night.
"At the USDA website, you have the ability to actually type in information about yourself, what kind of lifestyle you have, how much physical activity you are engaged in on a daily basis," he said. "So there are ways at which you can at usda.gov sort of determine for yourself a personal eating. That's what my wife and I are basically doing right now."
Well whoop to do and good for you Tom!
"Undoubtedly, Americans would be healthier if they would follow the recommendations, but this sounds like TMI at the USDA. Using the drop-down "activity" menu on the website, you are asked to enter how many minutes a day you do such things as "dressing/undressing," "sitting on toilet," "sleeping," "sitting quietly and watching television," "slow dancing," "singing in church," "casino gambling," "coal mining," "washing dishes," "wrestling" and "butchering animals."
But what if "I" or "you don't want to change my/our eating habits? What if you don't want to share 'a few intimate details" with Big Bro/Sis? What if we want to 'live large" (pun intended) and party like a rock star, like Michelle & Co, chowing on an ice ream cone while she tells us to eat a celery stick?
Well, when the power of persuasion doesn't work, they'll use the persuasion of power.
How long until instead of the above it's
"At the USDA website, you have the requirement to type in information about yourself, what kind of lifestyle you have, how much physical activity you are engaged in on a daily basis," he said. "So there are ways that usda.gov will determine a personal eating (plan) for yourself.
" and it's been deemed that anything not good for you is bad; hence, illegal"
Laugh and call me the paranoid ID "ath-hole" if you want but if the SCOTUS doesn't uphold this judge's ruling and nullify this whole power play, this is where we'll be headed, slowly but surely. If SecHHS has the power over your your health care, it won't be long before SecAg has the power over your diet.
Just one little reeeeasonable step at a time.