Thursday, December 10, 2009

What's new with obamacare? How about. . .
it's seriously unconstitutional

This is from the Heritage Foundation blog, The Foundary. On October 23rd, a reporter asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?” Speaker Pelosi shook her head and before moving on to another question replied: “Are you serious? Are you serious??” Pressed for a more substantive response later, Pelosi’s press spokesman admonished the reporter: “You can put this on the record. That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

Well, we all know what an serious and deep thinker the Botox Queen is. I have a feeling some of that botox has leaked into this woman's brain. At any rate, the Foundary this morning says that, hold on a minute, Nanzi (that's me, not the Foundary saying that), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) disagrees with you. Here's the quote from the CBO: A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.

Read the entire post here.

Others agree with the position that requiring taxpayers to buy healthcare is unconstitutional. The Cato Institute has an article titled simply, "Obamacare is Unconstitutional," by Gene Healy, author of The Cult of the Presidency.

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