MORE ABOUT “OBAMACARE” TYPE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN ADOPTED BY CONGRESS IN 1798

 

NEWS: PRES. SIGNS H-CARE INSURANCE MANDATE-212 YEARS AGO!

Article by P.J. O’Rourke the conservative author and comedian

http://open.salon.com/blog/paul_j_orourke

Let’s begin today’s history lesson with the following news:

(CNN) — Officials from 14 states have gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system
that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing the law’s requirement
that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

Thirteen of those officials filed suit in a federal court in Pensacola, Florida, minutes after Obama signed the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. The complaint calls the act an “unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states” and asks a judge to block
its enforcement.

“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and
legal residents have qualifying health care coverage,” the lawsuit states.

The history lesson

In July, 1798, Congress passed, and President John Adams signed
into law “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” authorizing the
creation of a marine hospital service, and mandating privately employed
sailors to purchase healthcare insurance.

This legislation also created America’s first payroll tax, as a
ship’s owner was required to deduct 20 cents from each sailor’s monthly pay and
forward those receipts to the service, which in turn provided injured sailors
hospital care. Failure to pay or account properly was discouraged by requiring
a law violating owner or ship’s captain to pay a 100 dollar fine.

This historical fact demolishes claims of “unprecedented” and
“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either

directly or under threat of penalty…”

Perhaps these somewhat incompetent attorneys general might wish to
amend their lawsuits to conform to the 1798 precedent, and demand that the
mandate and fines be linked to implementing a federal single payer healthcare
insurance plan.

The other option is to name Presidents John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison et al. in the lawsuits. However, it might be difficult
to convince a judge, or the public, that those men didn’t know the limits of
the Constitution.

Because the attorneys general research is obviously lacking a
comprehensive review of history and the Constitution, I’m providing a copy of
the 5th Congress’ 1798 legislation.

 

Because the attorneys general research is obviously lacking a comprehensive
review of history and the Constitution, I’m providing a copy of the 5th
Congress’ 1798 legislation.

CHAP. LXXVII – An Act for the Relief of Sick and
Disabled Seamen

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled
-

That from and after the first day of September next, the master or
owner of every ship

or vessel of the United States, arriving from a foreign port into
any

port of the United States, shall, before such ship or vessel shall
be

admitted to an entry, render to the collector a true account of
the

number of seamen, that shall have been employed on board such
vessel

since she was last entered at any port in the United States,-and
shall

pay to the said collector, at the rate of twenty cents per month
for every

seaman so employed; which sum he is hereby authorized to retain
out

of the wages of such seamen.

SEC2. . And be it further enacted, That
from and after the first day

of September next, no collector shall grant to any ship or vessel
whose

enrolment or license for carrying on the coasting trade has
expired, a

new enrolment or license before the master of such ship or vessel
shall

first render a true account to the collector, of the number of
seamen,

and the time they have severally been employed on board such ship
or

vessel, during the continuance of the license which has so
expired, and

pay to such collector twenty cents per month for every month such

seamen have been severally employed, as aforesaid; which sum the said

master is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such
seamen.

And if any such master shall render a false account of the number
of men, and the length of time they have severally been employed, as is

herein required, he shall forfeit and pay one hundred dollars.

SEC3. . And be it further enacted, That
it shall be the duty of the

several collectors to make a quarterly return of the sums
collected by

them, respectively, by virtue of this act, to the Secretary of the
Treasury;

and the President of the United States is hereby authorized, out
of the same,
to provide for the temporary relief and maintenance of sick or

disabled seamen, in the hospitals or other proper institutions now
established

in the several ports of the United States, or, in ports where no

such institutions exist, then in such other manner as he shall
direct:

Provided, that the monies collected in any one district, shall be
expended

within the same.

SEC. 4. .And be it further enacted, That
if any surplus shall remain

of the monies to be collected by virtue of this act, after
defraying the

expense of such temporary relief and support, that the same,
together ,

with such private donations as may be made for that purpose (which
the

President is hereby authorized to receive) shall be invested in
the stock

of the United States, under the direction of the President; and
when,

in his opinion, a sufficient fund shall be accumulated, he is
hereby

authorized to purchase or receive cessions or donations of ground
or

provision for buildings,
in the name of the United States, and to cause buildings,

when necessary, to be erected as hospitals for the accommodation
of sick and disabled seamen.

SEC5. . And be it further enacted, That
the President of the United

States be, and he is hereby authorized to nominate and appoint, in

such ports of the United States, as he may think proper, one or
more

persons, to be called directors of the marine hospital of the
United

States, whose duty it shall be to direct the expenditure of the
fund

assigned for their respective ports, according to the third
section of this

act; to provide for the accommodation of sick and disabled seamen,

under such general instructions as shall be given by, the
President of

the United States, for that purpose, and also subject to the like
general

instructions, to direct and govern such hospitals as the President
may

direct to be built in the respective ports: and that the said
directors

shall hold their offices during the pleasure of the President, who
is

authorized to fill up all vacancies that may be occasioned by the
death

or removal of any of the persons so to be appointed. And the said

directors shall render an account of the monies received and
expended

by them, once in every quarter of a year, to the Secretary of the
Treasury,

or such other person as the President shall direct; but no other

allowance or compensation shall be made to the said directors,
except

the payment of such expenses as they may incur in the actual
discharge

of the duties required by this act.

APPROVED July16, 1798.

Here’s a link to more
details in another article on this subject written about how this act relates
to the issue of government single payer healthcare insurance.

 

More details about “Obamacare” type health insurance
mandate adopted in 1798 by U.S. Congress

NEWS: PRES. SIGNS H-CARE INSURANCE MANDATE-212 YEARS AGO!

Article by P.J. O’Rourke
the conservative author and comedian

http://open.salon.com/blog/paul_j_orourke

Let’s begin today’s history lesson with the following news:

(CNN) — Officials from 14 states have
gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system
that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing the law’s requirement
that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

Thirteen of those officials filed suit in a federal court in
Pensacola, Florida, minutes after Obama signed the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. The complaint calls the act an “unprecedented
encroachment on the sovereignty of the states” and asks a judge to block
its enforcement.

“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to
mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and
legal residents have qualifying health care coverage,” the lawsuit states.

The history lesson

In July, 1798, Congress passed, and President John Adams signed
into law “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” authorizing the
creation of a marine hospital service, and mandating privately employed
sailors to purchase healthcare insurance.

This legislation also created America’s first payroll tax, as a
ship’s owner was required to deduct 20 cents from each sailor’s monthly pay and
forward those receipts to the service, which in turn provided injured sailors
hospital care. Failure to pay or account properly was discouraged by requiring
a law violating owner or ship’s captain to pay a 100 dollar fine.

This historical fact demolishes claims of “unprecedented” and
“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either

directly or under threat of penalty…”

Perhaps these somewhat incompetent attorneys general might wish to
amend their lawsuits to conform to the 1798 precedent, and demand that the
mandate and fines be linked to implementing a federal single payer healthcare
insurance plan.

The other option is to name Presidents John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison et al. in the lawsuits. However, it might be difficult
to convince a judge, or the public, that those men didn’t know the limits of
the Constitution.

Because the attorneys general research is obviously lacking a
comprehensive review of history and the Constitution, I’m providing a copy of
the 5th Congress’ 1798 legislation.

 

Because the attorneys general research is obviously lacking a comprehensive
review of history and the Constitution, I’m providing a copy of the 5th
Congress’ 1798 legislation.

CHAP. LXXVII – An Act for the Relief of Sick and
Disabled Seamen

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled
-

That from and after the first day of September next, the master or
owner of every ship

or vessel of the United States, arriving from a foreign port into
any

port of the United States, shall, before such ship or vessel shall
be

admitted to an entry, render to the collector a true account of
the

number of seamen, that shall have been employed on board such
vessel

since she was last entered at any port in the United States,-and
shall

pay to the said collector, at the rate of twenty cents per month
for every

seaman so employed; which sum he is hereby authorized to retain
out

of the wages of such seamen.

SEC2. . And be it further enacted, That
from and after the first day

of September next, no collector shall grant to any ship or vessel
whose

enrolment or license for carrying on the coasting trade has
expired, a

new enrolment or license before the master of such ship or vessel
shall

first render a true account to the collector, of the number of
seamen,

and the time they have severally been employed on board such ship
or

vessel, during the continuance of the license which has so
expired, and

pay to such collector twenty cents per month for every month such

seamen have been severally employed, as aforesaid; which sum the said

master is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such
seamen.

And if any such master shall render a false account of the number
of men, and the length of time they have severally been employed, as is

herein required, he shall forfeit and pay one hundred dollars.

SEC3. . And be it further enacted, That
it shall be the duty of the

several collectors to make a quarterly return of the sums
collected by

them, respectively, by virtue of this act, to the Secretary of the
Treasury;

and the President of the United States is hereby authorized, out
of the same,
to provide for the temporary relief and maintenance of sick or

disabled seamen, in the hospitals or other proper institutions now
established

in the several ports of the United States, or, in ports where no

such institutions exist, then in such other manner as he shall
direct:

Provided, that the monies collected in any one district, shall be
expended

within the same.

SEC. 4. .And be it further enacted, That
if any surplus shall remain

of the monies to be collected by virtue of this act, after
defraying the

expense of such temporary relief and support, that the same,
together ,

with such private donations as may be made for that purpose (which
the

President is hereby authorized to receive) shall be invested in
the stock

of the United States, under the direction of the President; and
when,

in his opinion, a sufficient fund shall be accumulated, he is
hereby

authorized to purchase or receive cessions or donations of ground
or

provision for buildings,
in the name of the United States, and to cause buildings,

when necessary, to be erected as hospitals for the accommodation
of sick and disabled seamen.

SEC5. . And be it further enacted, That
the President of the United

States be, and he is hereby authorized to nominate and appoint, in

such ports of the United States, as he may think proper, one or
more

persons, to be called directors of the marine hospital of the
United

States, whose duty it shall be to direct the expenditure of the
fund

assigned for their respective ports, according to the third
section of this

act; to provide for the accommodation of sick and disabled seamen,

under such general instructions as shall be given by, the
President of

the United States, for that purpose, and also subject to the like
general

instructions, to direct and govern such hospitals as the President
may

direct to be built in the respective ports: and that the said
directors

shall hold their offices during the pleasure of the President, who
is

authorized to fill up all vacancies that may be occasioned by the
death

or removal of any of the persons so to be appointed. And the said

directors shall render an account of the monies received and
expended

by them, once in every quarter of a year, to the Secretary of the
Treasury,

or such other person as the President shall direct; but no other

allowance or compensation shall be made to the said directors,
except

the payment of such expenses as they may incur in the actual
discharge

of the duties required by this act.

APPROVED July16, 1798.

Here’s a link to more
details in another article on this subject written about how this act relates
to the issue of government single payer healthcare insurance.

 

http://open.salon.com/blog/paul_j_orourke

Let’s begin today’s history lesson with the following news:

(CNN) — Officials from 14 states have
gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system
that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing the law’s requirement
that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

Thirteen of those officials filed suit in a federal court in
Pensacola, Florida, minutes after Obama signed the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. The complaint calls the act an “unprecedented
encroachment on the sovereignty of the states” and asks a judge to block
its enforcement.

“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to
mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and
legal residents have qualifying health care coverage,” the lawsuit states.

The history lesson

In July, 1798, Congress passed, and President John Adams signed
into law “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” authorizing the
creation of a marine hospital service, and mandating privately employed
sailors to purchase healthcare insurance.

This legislation also created America’s first payroll tax, as a
ship’s owner was required to deduct 20 cents from each sailor’s monthly pay and
forward those receipts to the service, which in turn provided injured sailors
hospital care. Failure to pay or account properly was discouraged by requiring
a law violating owner or ship’s captain to pay a 100 dollar fine.

This historical fact demolishes claims of “unprecedented” and
“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either

directly or under threat of penalty…”

Perhaps these somewhat incompetent attorneys general might wish to
amend their lawsuits to conform to the 1798 precedent, and demand that the
mandate and fines be linked to implementing a federal single payer healthcare
insurance plan.

The other option is to name Presidents John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison et al. in the lawsuits. However, it might be difficult
to convince a judge, or the public, that those men didn’t know the limits of
the Constitution.

Because the attorneys general research is obviously lacking a
comprehensive review of history and the Constitution, I’m providing a copy of
the 5th Congress’ 1798 legislation.

 

Because the attorneys general research is obviously lacking a comprehensive
review of history and the Constitution, I’m providing a copy of the 5th
Congress’ 1798 legislation.

CHAP. LXXVII – An Act for the Relief of Sick and
Disabled Seamen

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled
-

That from and after the first day of September next, the master or
owner of every ship

or vessel of the United States, arriving from a foreign port into
any

port of the United States, shall, before such ship or vessel shall
be

admitted to an entry, render to the collector a true account of
the

number of seamen, that shall have been employed on board such
vessel

since she was last entered at any port in the United States,-and
shall

pay to the said collector, at the rate of twenty cents per month
for every

seaman so employed; which sum he is hereby authorized to retain
out

of the wages of such seamen.

SEC2. . And be it further enacted, That
from and after the first day

of September next, no collector shall grant to any ship or vessel
whose

enrolment or license for carrying on the coasting trade has
expired, a

new enrolment or license before the master of such ship or vessel
shall

first render a true account to the collector, of the number of
seamen,

and the time they have severally been employed on board such ship
or

vessel, during the continuance of the license which has so
expired, and

pay to such collector twenty cents per month for every month such

seamen have been severally employed, as aforesaid; which sum the said

master is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such
seamen.

And if any such master shall render a false account of the number
of men, and the length of time they have severally been employed, as is

herein required, he shall forfeit and pay one hundred dollars.

SEC3. . And be it further enacted, That
it shall be the duty of the

several collectors to make a quarterly return of the sums
collected by

them, respectively, by virtue of this act, to the Secretary of the
Treasury;

and the President of the United States is hereby authorized, out
of the same,
to provide for the temporary relief and maintenance of sick or

disabled seamen, in the hospitals or other proper institutions now
established

in the several ports of the United States, or, in ports where no

such institutions exist, then in such other manner as he shall
direct:

Provided, that the monies collected in any one district, shall be
expended

within the same.

SEC. 4. .And be it further enacted, That
if any surplus shall remain

of the monies to be collected by virtue of this act, after
defraying the

expense of such temporary relief and support, that the same,
together ,

with such private donations as may be made for that purpose (which
the

President is hereby authorized to receive) shall be invested in
the stock

of the United States, under the direction of the President; and
when,

in his opinion, a sufficient fund shall be accumulated, he is
hereby

authorized to purchase or receive cessions or donations of ground
or

provision for buildings,
in the name of the United States, and to cause buildings,

when necessary, to be erected as hospitals for the accommodation
of sick and disabled seamen.

SEC5. . And be it further enacted, That
the President of the United

States be, and he is hereby authorized to nominate and appoint, in

such ports of the United States, as he may think proper, one or
more

persons, to be called directors of the marine hospital of the
United

States, whose duty it shall be to direct the expenditure of the
fund

assigned for their respective ports, according to the third
section of this

act; to provide for the accommodation of sick and disabled seamen,

under such general instructions as shall be given by, the
President of

the United States, for that purpose, and also subject to the like
general

instructions, to direct and govern such hospitals as the President
may

direct to be built in the respective ports: and that the said
directors

shall hold their offices during the pleasure of the President, who
is

authorized to fill up all vacancies that may be occasioned by the
death

or removal of any of the persons so to be appointed. And the said

directors shall render an account of the monies received and
expended

by them, once in every quarter of a year, to the Secretary of the
Treasury,

or such other person as the President shall direct; but no other

allowance or compensation shall be made to the said directors,
except

the payment of such expenses as they may incur in the actual
discharge

of the duties required by this act.

APPROVED July16, 1798.

Here’s a link to more
details in another article on this subject written about how this act relates
to the issue of government single payer healthcare insurance.

 

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