One of the brilliant ideas in the healthcare bill passed is that every person must purchase health insurance. Is it constitutional for our government to force us to purchase a good or service?
Let’s ask Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman.
Why yes, he believes the constitution does allow for the government to require the purchase of a good or service.
Under what clause?
Well, that’s obvious: “Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know — I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know — they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.”
Except, of course, there is no “good and welfare clause”.