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Posted on Tuesday 27 March 2012 at 10:24 am

Mini Politics Rant

The US healthcare law most often known as Obamacare is currently being debated by the Supreme Court therefore it is all over the news. I feel like many pundits on both sides of the issue are making a fundamental mistake in discussing this, one that happens all too often is UN policy debates. People don't seem to realize that the desirability or lack therefore of a particular piece of legislation does not correlate in any way with the constitutionality of said legislation. In other words, just because you don't like a law and think it is bad policy, that does not make it unconstitutional. Conversely, just because you like something and think it is a good idea, that does not make it constitutional.

I'd like to see hand guns completely banned in the US. I think that would be good public policy. I also think it would be unconstitutional, though I can give you a somewhat convoluted historical reading of the second amendment to make it appear otherwise.

I wouldn't like to see the US government ban the carrying of blueberries across state lines. I think that would be bad public policy. I also think it would be completely constitutional.

So, talking heads of the news media, if you think Obamacare is unconstitutional, tell me how it violates the constitution, not why you don't like it. If you think Obamacare is constitutional, tell me where in the constitution the authority for it is found not the thousands of lives and millions of dollars it will save. Thanks much!

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