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The Founders’ handiwork versus Obama’s.

11:21 AM, Sep 17, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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On September 17, 1787, George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and 36 other Constitutional Convention delegates completed four months of labors at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and signed the glorious document that, upon its ratification, would become the Constitution of the United States of America.  Here is the preamble for that charter of government:

Constitution

“WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION for the United States of America.” 

On March 23, 2010, 222-and-1/2 years later, the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Here is the table of contents for that law

PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

CONTENTS

...........................................................................................................................Page

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) ................... 1

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents ....................................................................1

TITLE I—QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS

Subtitle A—Immediate Improvements in Health Care Coverage for All Americans

Sec. 1001. Amendments to the Public Health Service Act ............................... 13

Sec. 1002. Health insurance consumer information ........................................ 27

Sec. 1003. Ensuring that consumers get value for their dollars ...................... 28

Sec. 1004. Effective dates ............................................................................... 30

Subtitle B—Immediate Actions to Preserve and Expand Coverage

Sec. 1101. Immediate access to insurance for uninsured individuals with

a preexisting condition .......................................................................................30

Sec. 1102. Reinsurance for early retirees ......................................................... 33

Sec. 1103. Immediate information that allows consumers to identify affordable

coverage options ................................................................................................36

Sec. 1104. Administrative simplification ............................................................ 37

Sec. 1105. Effective date .....................................................................................44

Subtitle C—Quality Health Insurance Coverage for All Americans

PART 1—HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET REFORMS

Sec. 1201. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act .................................45

PART 2—OTHER PROVISIONS

Sec. 1251. Preservation of right to maintain existing coverage .......................55

Sec. 1252. Rating reforms must apply uniformly to all health insurance

issuers and group health plans .......................................................................56

Sec. 1253. Annual report on self-insured plans ..............................................56

Sec. 1254. Study of large group market ...........................................................57

Sec. 1255. Effective dates .................................................................................57

Subtitle D—Available Coverage Choices for All Americans

PART 1—ESTABLISHMENT OF QUALIFIED HEALTH PLANS

Sec. 1301. Qualified health plan defined ..........................................................58

Sec. 1302. Essential health benefits requirements ...........................................59

Sec. 1303. Special rules ....................................................................................64

Sec. 1304. Related definitions .............................................................................68

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