1. Although the proposal I released last week included a comprehensive set of initiatives to combat fraud, waste, and abuse, Senator Coburn had an interesting suggestion that we engage medical professionals to conduct random undercover investigations of health care providers that receive reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal programs.
Simply by supporting this tactic, the President has violated his oath of office:
The 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:
'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.'
Random undercover investigations are inconsistent with the right to be free from search and seizure lacking probable cause. They reverse the assumption of innocence until proven guilty.
The choice of one's profession or livelihood does not negate one's Constitutional rights, nor negate the presumption of innocence.
President Obama's health care proposals will lead to an explosive rise in government debt and further stimulate rising health care costs, but the damage this does to our bank accounts pales in comparison to the damage done to the Office of the President, to Constitutional law and to our individual liberties.
These violations of our rights must be stopped. NOW.