The Wall Street Journal has an article about the Supreme Court’s consideration of the health care overhaul, and I thought it was a really well done article that included some legal history. Click here to read it.
The requirement in “Obamacare,” as it’s dubbed, that people have health insurance or pay a fee is the central dispute. It involves the power of the federal government versus powers reserved for the states, as well as the use of the Commerce Clause in the Constitution (in bold below):
(The Congress shall have the power) to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes
Today, the oral arguments in Washington, D.C., will focus on whether the court can hear the cause until 2014, when most of the law takes effect.
I’m really curious whether there are any Politics blog readers who like the mandate but don’t think it’s constitutional that the federal government imposed it, or whether there are readers who dislike it but think it is constitutional.