The Democrats (and to be fair, the Republicans do to, just on different issues) seem to think that the government has the right to do whatever it wants, and we have to go along with it. I think it’s going a bit far to state that the Constitution allows the government to require individuals to purchase a good or service and apparently (and fortunately) others do also.
From The Washington Times:
On top of all the other obstacles facing President Obama in his quest to pass health reform is this one: Does the U.S. Constitution allow the government to require uninsured Americans to buy medical insurance or impose a tax penalty if they refuse?
Congress has never before required citizens to purchase any good or service, but that is what both House and Senate health bills would mandate.
While this debate has been overshadowed by other issues involving the plan’s nearly $1 trillion cost and its government-run option, the constitutional argument strikes at a pivotal part of the health care plan’s finances. To make a government-run health care plan work, the nation’s largely uninsured young adults would need to be covered to help subsidize medical care for older and typically less-healthy Americans, legislators say.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the complaint Thursday when she was asked by a reporter if the Democrats’ health reform proposal was constitutional.
“Are you serious? Are you serious?” Mrs. Pelosi replied.
But House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said the argument could not be ignored.