Recorded on February 2, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
The new health care law is unconstitutional. So rules the federal judge in the lawsuit brought by 26 states. He says the key provision—the mandate that everyone must get health insurance—exceeds the powers granted to government by our Constitution.
Otherwise, the judge says, government could just as freely require everyone to eat broccoli, or wheat bread, buy a certain car, or take out a home mortgage. He ridiculed White House arguments that people who do nothing are hurting an industry and therefore must be compelled.
The ruling cites the words of our Founding Fathers, the Federalist papers, and even President Obama's campaign comments that it would be wrong to force people to buy insurance.
When so many judges ignore our Constitution's limits on government, isn't it refreshing when one of them honors that document?
For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.