Recorded on February 2, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
A federal judge's ruling on Obamacare is shaking up the nation's capital. In the lawsuit brought by 26 states, Judge Roger Vinson declared Obamacare unconstitutional, because Congress has no authority to require individuals to buy health insurance.
Those seeking to repeal the law have renewed energy, but the President is brazen in his counterattack. The White House claims this is judicial activism that is unconventional and out of the mainstream.
Usually it's judges who try to legislate from the bench who are labeled as activists, but Obama is turning things upside-down. Judge Vinson is simply enforcing what our Founding Fathers created—namely a federal government with only limited powers.
And that's the real issue. If Uncle Sam can force you to buy insurance—or any other product—then there's no limit to the power of Congress—and that's a scary thought.
For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.