Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is the health insurance mandate constitutional?

The federal healthcare reform bills pending before Congress all require people to buy health insurance or face a penalty.

Supporters compare it to drivers who must buy car insurance.

Opponents (including candidate Obama, but not president Obama) call it a "living tax", which penalizes people who choose to do nothing, compared with the car-insurance requirement, which is connected with the decision to own a car and drive.

You can expect years of legal challenges to "health insurance reform" on dozens of issues.

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