published Sunday, December 11th, 2011

ObamaCare's mandate

There is enormous irony in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to consider a 26-state constitutional challenge to ObamaCare.

Key to the challenge is ObamaCare's rule that Americans buy government-approved medical insurance or be penalized. But back when he was running for president, Barack Obama himself opposed that rule. In fact, during his primary contest with Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Obama vigorously denounced such a mandate.

"If things were that easy," he said on a talk show in early 2008, "I could mandate everybody to buy a house, and that would solve the problem of homelessness. It doesn't."

Unfortunately, when Obama was elected president, he reversed course. He became a supporter of forcing Americans to buy insurance deemed adequate by Washington.

So here is the irony: It is entirely possible that if Obama and Democrats in Congress had not insisted on including the mandate, ObamaCare might not have faced a major constitutional challenge -- and might not now face the possibility of being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The high court is likely to issue a decision on ObamaCare -- the highest-profile piece of legislation backed by the president -- in the heat of next year's presidential campaign. A defeat for ObamaCare at that point -- though far from certain -- would be disastrous in next November's elections for the president and for the Democrats who supported the ObamaCare legislation.

It would be a victory, however, for the American people, who decidedly dislike ObamaCare and the mandate that comes with it.

The unpopularity of ObamaCare, however, is not why it should be overturned. The law's insurance mandate is unconstitutional, and that is ample reason for the court to strike it down.

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conservative said...

"If things were that easy," he said on a talk show in early 2008, "I could mandate everybody to buy a house, and that would solve the problem of homelessness. It doesn't."

I am a firm believer in getting a lieberal to talk or better, to write. They will then reveal who they are. This writer often uses the quotes of lieberals such as Obamination. This is very effective in any debate. Obamination is an inveterate liar, hypocrite and Socialist. He lied about his intentions for socialist healthcare when running for office. Notice the narcissitic "I" in the above quote.

December 11, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.
conservative said...

It is obvious that the insurance mandate is unconstitutional to most of the American people. It is even more obvious to the 9 Supreme Court justices. However, at least four (all lieberals), possibly five will rule it is constitutional! These four or five will insult Americans with some variation of a "living constitution" arguement to justify their corruption.

December 11, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.

Kagan, that liberal sow, who has no more business being on the Supreme Court than Bert from Sesame Street, should recuse herself.

December 11, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
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