Don’t just stand there, buy something

Healthcare USA, after Anton Bruehl

Not!

The Florida judge who just shot down Obamacare, on the requirement to buy insurance:

If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain, Judge Vinson wrote.

It’s a you-buy-this-or-else proposition, a no-go.

Now if it were being ordered to buy a good dictionary, I could be more open-minded. On second thought, not even for such an important item as that.

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  • Erastus  On 02/01/2011 at 11:34 AM

    ObamaCare supporters continue to rely on shibboleths, myths and lies to defend their law. Consider their often-repeated claim that all citizens use scarce medical resources and thus impinge on interstate commerce. As a matter of fact, there are many people who refrain from going to doctors and hospitals by choice, and they should be allowed to do so. Also, the issue of who pays for treating uninsured people at hospital ERs is largely a problem created by Congress itself, since it was Congress who has passed laws forbidding hospitals from turning away uninsured patients. Instead of jury-rigging ever more complex schemes that require ten-fold increases in regulators and lawyers and infringe everyone’s constitutional rights, we would be far better off with a simple program of basic universal health care, paid for out of general tax revenues, and then let people who want to purchase supplemental insurance products (to cover all the stuff that the public program can’t afford to cover) to do so. Yes, there will be a two-tiered system, and that drives the egalitarian extremists crazy. But it would be moral, socially responsible, financially responsible, and fair.

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