The Corner

Obamacare and GM in Court

Dahlia Lithwick reports in Slate, “[Acting SG Neal] Katyal then dismisses the argument that a government that can force you to purchase health insurance can also force you to buy from General Motors: ‘You can’t show up at a General Motors lot and drive away and stick the bill to your neighbor,’ he says.” But the costs of theft can be passed along to paying customers in a lot of markets. And the fact that some of the costs of emergency care are passed along to others without any theft taking place is a consequence of federal regulation. So Katyal is saying, isn’t he, that a mandate to buy a car would be permissible so long as the federal government had previously enacted a regulatory scheme that made this car mandate useful? (E.g., a law saying that it was just fine to show up at the lot and drive away without paying if you really need to have a ride.)

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

Most Popular

Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More