Social programs overreach

- Andy Preston Panama City Beach, Fla.

USA TODAY reader Steve Maersch’s letter states, “If the Supreme Court declares (President) Obama’s health plan unconstitu­tional, it could also declare Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and a host of other government programs unconstitu­tional” (“Uninsured individual­s exert too much influence over market,” April 6).

I, for one, hope they do exactly that. Nowhere in Article I, Section 8 of the Constituti­on is Congress granted the power to take tax dollars from one group of people in order to provide another group of people benefits ad nauseam.

Furthermor­e, the 10th Amendment clearly states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constituti­on, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respective­ly, or to the people.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States