The framers of the Constitution diligently worked to limit the powers of the national government. The Tenth Amendment affirmatively provided all 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” (Hall & Feldmeier, 2009, p. 139). The framers intent was to well define the extent of the national governments authority. This authority cannot be enlarged with amending the Constitution. As discussed earlier in this course, amending the Constitution is challenging so that the Constitution is not changed on a whim. Theoretically, there is said to be no inherent federal authorities but there is inherent state authority. All authorizes
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140). One of the current topics of today pertains to a universal healthcare system. While the healthcare system is sometimes defines as free, it really would not be totally free because funds would be needed to maintain the system. The healthcare system would most likely be paid for via taxes or by reducing budgets to other areas like defense, education and so on. Patients would have far less flexibility in healthcare if the government was in control because it is very likely that restrictions would be set. Another problem is the potential for healthcare costs to increase. Moreover, there is fear of government mandated procedures resulting in reduced doctor flexibility and patient care. Malpractice lawsuits are already high, and a government run system may not only increase malpractice lawsuits but also put the government at risk for legal liability. One of the biggest fears is that corruption will become prevalent in the healthcare industry as it has in other areas of government (Messerli, 2011).
On the positive side, government run healthcare might enable a number of uninsured U.S. residents to have access to medical care. Healthcare costs are high and have been increasingly unaffordable for many individuals. A government run system could help consolidate paperwork, claims, insurance submissions and so on into a centralized system. Another potential effect is