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Second judge rules against the hated mandate


“If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain,” [Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Fla.,] wrote.

In his decision, Judge Vinson wrote: “It would be a radical departure from existing case law to hold that Congress can regulate inactivity under the Commerce Clause.” If Congress has such power, he continued, “it is not hyperbolizing to suggest that Congress could do almost anything it wanted.”

In fact, the judge is right. The Obama and his neo-liberal supporters are trying to fix a broken market by forcing people to participate in it. HCR won't control costs, but does force enrollment. Therefore, the insurance companies will make their margin by reducing coverage. I don't want to be forced to buy junk insurance. Is that so wrong?

The career "progressives" who ran interference for Obama on this turkey should rethink their stance and advocate single payer (the Canadian-style centrist solution, with a UK-style National Health Service to the left. They don't even have to throw us any links or admit they were wrong. They can take all the credit, and even charge for their expertise!