Let There Be Light
Grand Junction, Colo.
I was confused, confounded and perplexed. Why on earth would the GOP be against Planned Parenthood? After all, the best abortion prevention is birth control. Thanks to Elizabeth Mitchell’s insightful "The Genius of Cecile Richards" [March 26], I understand. The GOP uses fear as a tool. Now they’re getting a dose. Planned Parenthood can mobilize a powerful voter bloc. Richards’s picture in a light bulb was perfect! My light bulb certainly came on.
I’ve dog-eared the March 26 Nation reading and re-reading the Cecile Richards article. I adored and respected her mother, Texas Governor Ann Richards. I’ve subscribed to The Nation when I could afford to since the 1950s. Now I have to donate first to Planned Parenthood, after mortgage and food, as I have a daughter, two granddaughters and countless women friends, relatives and strangers to think of. Maybe I can get my insignificant other to pay for it. Thank God, or somebody, for PP (and Medicare and Social Security—I labored fifty-three years to get that).
The Affordable Care Act Goes to Court
Understanding the "necessary and proper" clause, the interstate commerce clause and our government’s power to tax for the general welfare can be challenging. Thanks to David Cole for making it easier ["Defending Healthcare," March 26].
No one has mentioned the initial paragraph of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which states: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises…throughout the United States." An impost is not a tax; it is something "put upon" the people to provide for the "common defense and general welfare." Two examples: the draft has provided for the common defense; and the safety requirements for automobiles, such as seat belts, air bags, etc., increase the general welfare. These imposts were paid for by the people, some by giving their lives, some by paying out of their pockets; but neither was considered a tax. The Affordable Care Act is clearly something imposed on the people. What the government has to prove is that the ACA increases the general welfare. With some 51 million people without healthcare and an estimated 45,000 premature deaths every year because of that, I consider it "settled law."
WILLIAM C. SCHILLLIG