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What the Obamacare Court Case Is About

Recorded on March 23, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Is there any limit to the power of the federal government? That's being argued this week before the Supreme Court.

As government expands regulations and its taxes, more and more Americans depend on it for health care, food stamps, rent subsidies, and for checks. An ever-shrinking group is expected to pay for these even as an ever-growing number expects to receive them.

As the Supreme Court decides the constituionality of this law, the President now embraces the label Obamacare because it links his name to giving people things that they want. It also links Obama's name to the notion that government has unlimited power. If it can dictate that you must buy health insurance, it can also dictate what else you must do with your money, your property, or your life.

Ours is supposed to be a government of limited power. Keeping it that way is what's at stake.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.