An administration that equates its taste for coercion and tyranny with benevolence.
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And what are food stamps if the food market “is not a market in which, if you go in and seek to obtain a product or a service you will get it even if you cannot pay?”
All of Verrilli’s attempted justifications for the insurance mandate could very well apply to food as well as health care. Arguably, they could apply to transportation and many other markets, too.
Even if those conditions did not exist in any other market, the government could create them by doing to another market what it did to health care: cause untenable economic conditions via a myriad of ill-conceived regulations. The issue is not the uniqueness of the health care market but the radical nature of the remedy the Obama administration and Democratic Congress imposed.
To accept the Obama administration’s argument for the individual mandate would be to accept the premise that Congress has the constitutional authority to shape any market to its liking by ordering into the market anyone whose participation would produce the outcome Congress wants.
Granting Congress the authority to preemptively regulate economic activity would give Washington compulsory powers far beyond anything the Constitution contemplates. And the Obama administration is attempting to achieve that authority by tricking the Supreme Court and the American people into believing that it is claiming no more power than it has already been given.
Andrew Cline is editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader. His Twitter ID is @Drewhampshire.
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