The Washington Post article “... poll finds split on health-care law remains deep” of Sunday, March 28 says “more than a quarter of Americans seeing neither side as making a good-faith effort to cooperate” on the health-care issue.
Could this lack of cooperation have anything to do with the fact that of all the 7541 words of the US Constitution (including all 27 amendments,) not one of them is 'health'? The word 'care' does occur once, in the phrase “[The President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”
Of course there is the 'General Welfare' clause in Article I section 8. A quick read of Federalist Paper Number 41 finds the father of the Constitution himself, James Madison explaining that “a specification of the objects alluded to by these general terms [general welfare] immediately follows, and is not even separated by a longer pause than a semicolon.” And sure enough, following that semicolon is a list of 17 specific things Congress is limited to doing, and not a sign of anything to do with health.
So if even the simplest reading of the Constitution shows that ObamaCare violates it, does not the same reading show that Medicare, and even Social Security also violate it, leading to the question, why even have a constitution?
Your article also notes that “Republican leaders have called for repeal of the new law and replacement with more modest changes.” If the Democrats say forget the Constitution, now we have the Republicans say they have a plan that's unconstitutional too, but not quite as unconstitutional as the Democrats.
Our Constitution has given the longest period of peace and prosperity of any civilization in history. Do we really want to replace it with a government that through thotless deficit spending lowers everyone (except for a small number of czars running everything) to a common subsistence level?
I've lived in Detroit, St Louis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh PA, Marblehead MA. Worked as tech rep in Southern CA, Bay area, NYC, I've been to Europe a dozen times (Ireland, UK, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium.
Favorite restaurants are Gene & Georgetti's in Chicago, Roma Cafe in Detroit, Frankie and Johnie's in NYC, Rigazzi's on the hill in St. Louis (Also Charlie Gitto's, was Angelo's when I went there.)
For about a year I had small offices in Clayton MO, in the Country Club Plaza in KC. I rode a ten-speed bike around Lake Michigan (The bottom half in one week in June 1978, another week for the top half in 1980, used the Badger both times.
Don't get to travel much anymore, but still try to rent a car and go around the Lake in March every year. Sure, there's still snow, and it's not warm, OTOH there are no bugs and no toursts. Greatest little tavern in the world is Sherry's Port Bar in Garden UP MI