Are Individual Mandates Constitutional?!

18 Sep

Not long ago, I shared with you an article written by a colleague of mine who is at Wake Forest. The article makes a strong argument that a federal mandate that individuals obtain health insurance is, indeed, permissible under the Constitution.

Case closed, right?

Not so fast. David Rivkin, Jr. and Lee Casey co-author a piece appearing in the Wall Street Journal that makes the case that an individual mandate is actually not Constitutional. It’s actually quite good, and I–not being a lawyer–am easily persuaded by both arguments.

So, I’m curious to hear from you. What do you think about this issue? Is it, or is it not, Constitutional for the federal government to mandate that all individuals obtain health insurance? Hopefully, I’ll get some great responses from you, and turn that into a future post.

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Posted by on September 18, 2009 in Uncategorized


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