Monday, April 30, 2012

Jon Bruning says Obamacare is unconstitutional. Is it?

Bruning calls Obamacare an unconstitutional "power grab" that "forces you to buy" health insurance.
      Perhaps if Bruning weren't so busy serving on the boards of about two dozen private companies while drawing a public salary, he would have found time to research this phony claim.
Barack Obama is the third president to back a health insurance mandate
     Professor Einer Elhauge of Harvard Law School did, in the New Republic.
     Slate says his research thoroughly rebuts Bruning's — and others' — argument.
  • In 1790, a Congress including 20 Founders passed a law requiring that ship owners buy medical insurance for their seamen. Washington signed it into law.
  • In 1792, another law signed by Washington required that all able-bodied men buy a firearm. (So much for the argument that Congress can’t force us to participate in commerce.)
  • And in 1798, a Congress with five framers passed a law requiring that all seamen buy hospital insurance for themselves. Adams signed this legislation.

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