OK, here we go again. Another federal judge, this one in Florida, has ruled that last year’s health care reform legislation is unconstitutional – because it requires every American to buy health insurance.
Right-wingers are celebrating because, they say, this proves the Obama plan is fatally flawed and must be repealed.
But they are dead wrong. All this decision proves is that there are some judges who are idiots.
Look, you don’t have to be a lawyer to figure this out. If the federal government can force you to pay income taxes. If the federal government can force you to use seat belts. And if the state government can force you to buy car insurance…Then, for damned sure, the federal government can force you to buy health insurance.
Because it’s in the nation’s interest for every American to have the protection of health insurance. And the only way to make sure health care for everybody is affordable – is for everybody to be in the pool.
That’s certainly in keeping with the “general welfare” mandate of the Constitution.
Fortunately, this issue will soon be out of regional courts and before the Supreme Court.
But, unfortunately, there are a few idiots there, too.
That’s my parting shot for today.