One section of Obamacare you may not have heard of, creates another national police force, with officers appointed directly by the President. Section 5210 of H.R. 3590 (“Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act) established yet another national police force, this time supposedly in case of a health emergency. While the “Commissioned Corps” for healthcare emergencies already existed, it was amended in the AFA to remove a cap on the number of individuals in the Corps, as well as include police personal instead of just doctors, nurses, etc. Another problem is the altered requirement for hiring, which allow the President to handpick anyone he wants to be in the Ready Reserve Corps. The following can be found in the text of the final bill.
SEC. 5210 ESTABLISHING A READY RESEVE CORPS
Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 203 COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS
‘(1) IN GENERAL- There shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.
‘(2) REQUIREMENT- All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act of 1923, as amended.
Notice that officers will be appointed “without regard to the civil-service laws” (emphasis added). These are laws designed to remove politics as a consideration when hiring in the public sector. They also establish guidelines based on merit, impartial hiring criteria, and safety from arbitrary firing and unwarranted disciplinary action. Officers will also be chosen “without regard to the Classification Act of 1923” (emphasis added) which established merit pay and compensation based on performance. To be clear the bill states these laws will be disregarded when appointing this police force. So these officers will be hired based on no known criteria, without any known qualifications, can be denied for no known reason, can be fired for any reason whatsoever, paid without regard to merit, and punished or rewarded independently of performance.
The following section explains that it will be the President and the President alone that will appoint officers in the Ready Reserve Corps, while he needs Senate approval to appoint officers in the Regular Corps.
‘(3) APPOINTMENT- Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
And under any medical emergency, real or manufactured, these troops will be out in full force to maintain martial law, and follow the President and Surgeon General’s orders. This special corps will be the administrative right hand of the president after their “involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises…as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and (D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities”.
I am sure I do not need to spell out the similarities between the RRC and other police forces which answered directly to Chief Executives of various countries. But I will point out that there is currently no shortage of national police to handle the types of situations which the CC and RRC are supposedly needed for. The DHS, FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, ATF, TSA, DEA, National Guard and other armed police in multiple agencies not generally thought of as police agencies, would seem to overlap enough to fill any responsibilities of the CC and RRC. The only difference is that the CC and RRC will be overseen, appointed, and controlled by the President himself, and are allowed to be hired and fired for political purposes. If the President wanted to, he could fill this force entirely with people he knows will follow his every command, and fire anyone who says they would not. If he chose to, the President could exclusively hire Democrats, or criminals, or Nazi’s, or girl scouts—the law makes it clear that no criteria are needed for hiring and firing Ready Reserve Corps officers.
So if all the other aspects of Obamacare were not enough to convince you that it is about control, and not about affordable care, perhaps the newest expansion of the police state will.