Troubling medical 'mandate'!

Troubling medical 'mandate'!

March 29th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

We all, of course, want all of our people to have whatever medical care they may need.

We surely realize that it is a good idea for us all to have sufficient medical care insurance, either in connection with where we work or individually.

But can you find anything -- anything -- in our Constitution of our United States that says -- or even implies -- that our federal government has the legal power to mandate or in any way legally to require us to buy medical care insurance?

Of course, there is no such constitutional requirement.

But it's a issue that is before the Supreme Court of the United States.

President Barack Obama's plan is to require every American to carry medical insurance.

In questioning this week, the justices of our Supreme Court properly asked whether the American people can be required by law to buy burial insurance, cell phones, broccoli -- or medical insurance, The Associated Press reported.

About 30 million Americans reportedly do not have medical care insurance. But the Supreme Court justices now will decide whether it is constitutional for President Obama and a majority in Congress to require it.

Justice Anthony Kennedy asked whether a government requirement of the purchase of medical insurance "is a step beyond what our cases allow." He said that allowing the government to force citizens to buy health insurance would "change the relationship" between the role of government and U.S. citizens, The AP reported.

Justice Kennedy asked: "Do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authorization under the Constitution" for an individual mandate to buy medical insurance?

He further commented: "I think it is true that if most questions in life are matters of degree ... the young person who is uninsured is uniquely proximately very close to affecting the rates of insurance and the costs of providing medical care in a way that is not true in other industries. That's my concern in the case."

Chief Justice John Roberts said the principle involved with requiring the purchase of health insurance boils down to this: "Purchase insurance in this case, [and it's] something else in the next case."

"If the government can do this, what else can it not do?" The Associated Press reported Justice Antonio Scalia asked.

We may agree that buying health insurance is a good idea. But is having the federal government of the United States order individual Americans to buy medical insurance a proper interpretation of our Constitution?

There obviously is nothing in our Constitution that clearly says so.