A couple of days ago a man named Henry Hudson, who claims to be something called a “federal judge”, struck down a part of the new so-called “health care bill” that would force so-called “citizens” to buy health insurance from state approved companies. The argument he used was interesting. His claim was that the government lacks the enumerated powers from the constitution to mandate that so-called “citizens” purchase health insurance. Of course Mr. Hudson has no problem with the government mandating that people be forced to buy his “services” even though I doubt there is a phrase in the constitution that specifically allows for this.
While it may be true that there is no actual phrase in the constitution that says that the so-called “federal government” can force individuals to purchase health insurance, this is still a silly argument. Of course the government can do this. They have the guns. They can force people to buy anything they want. In fact, forcing people to buy stuff is all they do. They could not exist without the power to force people to purchase stuff they would otherwise not purchase.