“If we uphold this, are there any limits” on the power of the federal government?
So said Chief Judge Joel Dubina of the 11th circuit court of appeals in hearing arguments for and against the constitutionality of ObamaCare.
Judge Stanley Marcus chimed in: "I can't find any case" in the past, he said, where the courts upheld "telling a private person they are compelled to purchase a product in the open market.... Is there anything that suggests Congress can do this?"
After nearly three hours of argument Wednesday, the three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals seemed prepared to declare at least part of last year's law unconstitutional.
The law's requirement that nearly everyone buy health insurance by 2014 is the question at the heart of the constitutional challenge. The argument that the mandate exceeds Congress' power initially was waved aside by many legal commentators, but it has now sharply divided the federal courts.
"...waved aside..." is a rather troubling notion as this concept that Congress can force you to purchase health care insurance, let alone anything else, is central to this challenge as well as to the argument regarding the extent of power of the government.
We're running a little short on time but we will leave you with perhaps the best 3 and a half minutes in Youtube history with respect to "rights" and limits on government.
Now that it's a right, what's to stop them from just barging in through the door and demanding service?
P.S. Pete Stark is a tyranist and warrants tar and feathering for his performance in this video. No question.