Next week, the Supreme Court gets a whack at the health care bill. And something tells me that President Obama is biting his nails just now.
That’s because despite all of the optimistic comments from his friends and supporters in the legal community, there’s a very strong chance that Obamacare will be invalidated in at least one very important aspect: the individual mandate. And that mandate is like the Alamo; if it falls, so does Texas a/k/a the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Some legal eagles would have you believe that there’s nothing wrong with forcing people to buy a product they might otherwise not want to purchase. They compare it to the taxing authority of the United States. In other words, they say, if you can tax someone and then use that money to provide for the “general welfare” (e.g. universal health insurance,) you should also be able to just cut out the middle man (Uncle Sam) and force we the bleating citizen sheep to buy our own insurance.