|Quoting D L X (Thread starter):|
It said those who opt out of buying health insurance were still engaging in commerce because they were paying for healthcare services on their own and thus the law was constitutional.
"Congress had a rational basis for concluding that, in the aggregate, the practice of self-insuring for the cost of healthcare substantially affects interstate commerce," the court majority ruled.
I have two problems with this logic:
(1) There's a difference between "commerce" and "interstate commerce". If I pay the doc-in-the-box down the street $50 to stitch up a cut, how is that "interstate commerce"? Congress has - well, at least if you actually read the Constitution - the power only to regulate interstate
(2) If you pay for something on your own now, how does that lead logically to the idea that you should be compelled to buy it through a different channel just because Congress wants you to?
|Quoting san747 (Reply 4):|
I've said it before and I'll say it again: why would ANYONE not want health insurance? You'd have to be a complete idiot to not want health coverage, especially knowing how incapacitating an unexpected crisis or accident can be financially. It's not crap, it's called being responsible.
I don't think there's anyone who doesn't want
health insurance, it's that there are a lot of people who simply cannot afford
health insurance. I don't have health insurance right now, because I'm unemployed and just don't have the scratch. It really is that simple, and it amazes me just how many people I encounter that simply can't bloody understand that.
If the ACA
's plan for subsidies and insurance cost reduction actually works, most of the opposition to the mandate will melt away, because people like me won't be put in a position of choosing between buying food and paying the Blue Cross bill. But right now the public has no faith that this will actually work.
I actually support the idea of a socialized medical system that provides a basic level of coverage to all Americans, and I consider myself a conservative.
(And to those who say that being a conservative and believing in some level of social medicine is incompatible, I'll say three words: Sir. Winston. Churchill.)
But I also believe in the Constitution, and in federalism, and that if Congress wants to pass laws that can't be supported without throwing logic to the winds and concluding that every transaction in this country is somehow "interstate", then we need to actually amend the Constitution.