I have no idea how this could pass constitutional muster, as they sometimes put it. Unless everyone has been pretty much mistaken about the constitution’s basic idea for 225 years.
From the White House Blog:
The individual responsibility provision – the main part of the law at issue in these cases – is constitutional. Those who claim this provision exceeds Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce are incorrect. Individuals who choose to go without health insurance are making an economic decision that affects all of us – when people without insurance obtain health care they cannot pay for, those with insurance and taxpayers are often left to pick up the tab…That’s why the Affordable Care Act requires everyone who can afford it to take responsibility for their own health care and carry some form of health insurance…And only those who are able to pay for health insurance will be responsible for obtaining it…By bringing everyone into the health insurance system, we can not only lower costs for everyone but also finally ban discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Who is going to determine “those who are able to pay” and how are they going to determine it? What the hell is the “health insurance system”?
Forget the constitution. I can’t imagine how this would work, either.