Medicare and Death Panels

Rich Lowry questions Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ authority to enact medical rules as part of Obamacare.

Our civics textbooks tell us we have a system of representative government, accountable to the people, to adjudicate just such intensely contested questions. The textbooks are wrong — they fail to account for the Rule of Sebelius. Her HHS decided Medicare will cover end-of-life consultations as part of ObamaCare’s annual “wellness visits.”

I have a more fundamental concern.  The U.S. Constitution does not authorize the Federal or any state governments to offer government-run health care.



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