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  •  I don't think that is defined (1+ / 0-)
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    Celtic Pugilist

    If it is constitutional, it would be a new interpretation of the commerce clause.

    If it is deemed unconstitutional, then it would be a new boundary placed on the commerce clause.

    I'm not sure I want the congress to have the power to exert public policy through private transactions in this way.  I am happy to pay taxes, but I think of it this way.

    Would you want the government saying you have to shop at Walmart, if you receive food assistance?

    There might be an argument that Walmart is the best value for your food dollar, but does the government have the right to make that decision for you?

    We are talking about insurance exchanges with a limited number of sellers, so the government is actually forcing you to pick from limited options.

    •  Illustrates the futility of the mandate (1+ / 0-)
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      Dr Teeth

      The mandate of necessity requires a new interpretation of the commerce clause with a sitting conservative Supreme Court.  One would think a constitutional law professor who happened to be president would have seen this coming and pushed hard for a clearer solution...  

      Short term thinking is the hallmark of conservatism.

      "Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells." J. Paul Getty

      by Celtic Pugilist on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 03:37:21 PM PDT

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