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DON’T BUY IT! The crazy constitutional logic of the individual insurance mandate

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Posted on March 25 2010 1:00 pm
I'm an Objectivist, a disciple of Ayn Rand since I was 15. Graduate of NBI (Nathaniel Branden Institute) 1964 I was a philosophy major @ NYU & dropped out to join the Marine Corps Served as a Combat Photographer in late 60's I've been writing for over 20 years.
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Jacob Sullum, a senior editor at Reason Magazine, is one of my favorite commentators on America’s current woes. He’s just posted a terrific explanation of the legal intricacies of the suits that are being filed by the states against the federal government over ObamaCare, in which he writes:

“A few weeks before Congress passed a law that orders every American to buy health insurance, the Virginia legislature passed a law that says “no resident of this Commonwealth…shall be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage.” Two weeks later, Idaho’s governor signed a law that declares “every person within the state of Idaho is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty.” Supporters of ObamaCare say such legislation, which more than 30 other states are considering, has no force, since the Constitution makes congressional enactments “the supreme law of the land.” But that is true only when federal laws are authorized by the Constitution, and the individual health insurance mandate is not.”

Read the entire article here.

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