No Constitutional Authority
The Heritage Foundation has a video on it’s site where a newsman (?) from CNS News asks Sen. Akaka (D) from Hawaii what the Constitutional basis is for mandating health care. As you can see from the clip, the Senator is unable (or unwilling) to answer the question. What a great requirement – that Congress include (nay… prove) the Constitutional basis for each law within a section of the law.
Further, Senator Akaka’s statement “But what we’re trying to do is to provide for people who have needs …” is antithetical to the Constitution’s preamble. The role of federal government is to provide for a common defense. This in turn promotes the welfare of people by creating a secure environment so that the individual states may govern and free markets prosper.