In case you haven’t heard already, the US Supreme Court will be hearing briefs in a matter of weeks on the federal health care law colloquially known as “ObamaCare.” The Rio Grande Foundation (along with the Cato Institute, several other state and national think tanks, and a number of legislators) has signed onto an “amicus brief” relating to the “individual mandate” contained in the law.
According to the brief, the issue discussed in the brief is:
Can a limited government to whom a free people have delegated only certain enumerated powers commandeer that people into purchasing a product from a private business pursuant to its power to pass laws “necessary and proper for carrying into execution” the authority to “regulate Commerce . . . among the several States”?
For the lawyers out there and interested citizens, the full brief is available here.