U.S. House Representative Sue Myrick released this video about the recent ruling by a Virginia judge who said the health coverage mandate in the new health care bill is unconstitutional. Other judges have ruled so far that it is constitutional, and the issue seems destined to move on to the Supreme Court.
Myrick argues that the mandate to buy health insurance violates the Interstate Commerce Clause in the Constitution.
Obama said the mandate is necessary because it helps to bring healthy people into the pool of the insured, thus lowering the rates for everyone. Under the Obama plan, if someone doesn’t buy health insurance, either through a private company or through the so-called health care exchanges, then they will be penalized with a tax.
“It’s wrong that the government now has the power to punish the American people for not purchasing a product, in this case, health insurance,” said Myrick.