What are the grounds for the health care lawsuits?

Posted: May 25, 2010 in Health

I was rather amazed at how widespread the rebellions against the new health care law is when I looked at that health care rebellion map. However, I’ve also been wondering what is the basis for the lawsuits. I saw a short post today about Virginia’s lawsuit that spelled out their position rather simply. It’s this:

“The federal government is forcing citizens to buy health insurance, claiming it has the authority to do so because of its power to regulate interstate commerce via the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. We contend that if a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person – by definition – is not engaging in commerce, and should not be subject to a federal mandate.”

And this:

Just being alive is not interstate commerce.

Kind of interesting, and quite simple actually.


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