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As the Supreme Court hears challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this week, a new Reason-Rupe poll of 1,200 adults finds 62 percent of Americans believe it is unconstitutional for Congress to mandate the purchase of health insurance, while 30 percent think requiring health insurance is constitutional.
Legal experts have suggested that if Congress has the power to require individuals to buy health care insurance, it may also mandate that Americans buy broccoli. The Reason-Rupe poll finds 87 percent of Americans believe Congress does not have the power to require the purchase of broccoli, while 8 percent say Congress can force you to buy vegetables.
Reason-Rupe finds 54 percent of Americans think the health care law will result in the rationing of health care services. Half of Americans have an unfavorable view of the health care law, while 32 percent have a favorable view of it. Similarly, 49 percent say the law should be repealed and 36 percent would let it stand.
When it comes to addressing their health care needs, just 23 percent of Americans trust the government. Thatís less than half of the 50 percent who say they trust health insurance companies and considerably lower than the 84 percent who trust their doctors.
The Reason-Rupe poll results reveal some health care reforms that the American public would support. Over two-thirds, 69 percent, of Americans would like to be able to shop for health insurance in the same way they shop for auto insurance. And many are willing to move away from our existing system to do so: 48 percent of Americans would prefer to receive the money their employers spend on health care as part of their paycheck and then shop for their own health care plans. Forty-one percent would like to continue to get insurance through their employer.
Amicus Brief Filed With Supreme Court: Department of Health and Human Services, et al., v. Florida, et al.
Reason Foundation joins brief challenging the health care mandateFebruary 16, 2012
Congress’ failure to consider such limitations resulted in a bill that exceeds the powers granted to Congress under the Constitution and severely infringes upon the individual liberty that the Constitution was designed to protect and promote. In such circumstances, this Court should not accord to the individual mandate the same “presumption of constitutionality” that it typically grants to congressional enactments in the first instance.
The Congressional Budget Office documents income gains for everyone, not just the wealthy.November 8, 2011
Liberals are treating a new Congressional Budget Office study showing that income inequality increased in America over the last three decades as the smoking gun they’d always been looking for—the ultimate indictment of America, capitalism, and apple pie.
Harry Reid's "millionaire' surcharge" is a new move in the old Democratic game of class warfare.October 18, 2011
For Democrats, millionaires are the new Gypsies—a minority whom it is perfectly acceptable to persecute because its wealth is ill-gotten, not the product of hard work.
ObamaCare and the long slow death of conservative judicial restraintAugust 18, 2011
In his recent opinion upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance, conservative 6th Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton adopted what used to be a very common conservative legal position: judicial deference. But does judicial deference matter anymore on the legal right? Associate Editor Damon Root explains why Chief Justice John Roberts is the one conservative on the Supreme Court most likely to echo Sutton’s views. Roberts may very well uphold the health care law as an act of judicial restraint, Root writes. Just don’t expect the conservative rank and file to thank him for it.
The power to mandate health insurance is the power to mandate almost anything.August 17, 2011
Defenders of the federal law requiring Americans to buy government-approved medical coverage have to justify it in a way that does not also justify every other conceivable congressional dictate regarding how we spend our money. So far, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, they have not managed to do so, which is the main reason a federal appeals court last week rejected this "wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of Congressional authority."
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- Randy Barnett: Losing Obamacare While Preserving the Constitution
July 12th, 2012
- Adam Summers Talks Obamacare Ruling on Pajamas Media
July 2nd, 2012
- Nick Gillespie Discusses SCOTUS Health Care Ruling with Erin Burnett
June 28th, 2012
- Obesity in America: To Win, We Have to Lose Government
June 6th, 2012
- Remy: Health Care Mandates vs Pizza Toppings
March 29th, 2012
- Obamacare #FAIL: Day 3 at the Supreme Court
March 28th, 2012
- "Constitutional Thunderdome": Day Two of Obamacare Oral Arguments
March 27th, 2012
- Obamacare at the Supreme Court: Day One
March 26th, 2012
- Obamacare, Mandates and Regulatory Confusion: Reason-Rupe Poll Results with Emily Ekins
March 26th, 2012
- Ilya Somin on Why The Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional and a Threat to Liberty
March 16th, 2012
- Remy: Cough Drops-The Mandate (featuring Sandra Fluke)
March 9th, 2012
- Transplant Denied
February 29th, 2012
- Peter Suderman Talks Romney Flip Flops on Freedom Watch
February 2nd, 2012
- 3 Supreme Court Decisions to Watch
January 25th, 2012
- Will the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment End Obamacare?
November 2nd, 2011
- Want to Live Forever? Sonia Arrison Explains How In Her New Book
October 19th, 2011
- David Bernstein on Rehabilitating Lochner and the Freedom to Contract
October 18th, 2011
- Peter Suderman Discusses Cigarette Labels and Insurance Exchanges on Freedom Watch
August 18th, 2011
- Grace-Marie Turner On Why Obamacare is Wrong for America
August 15th, 2011
- Matt Welch Discusses the Healthcare Mandate Burden on States and Tim Giethner with Judge Napolitano
July 7th, 2011
- Veronique de Rugy: The Facts about the Government's Medicare Cost Projections
June 3rd, 2011
- Matt Welch Talks Obamacare Switch to Electronic Medical Records
May 6th, 2011
- Veronique de Rugy Tells the Truth About Health Care Reform and the Economy on Bloomberg
April 15th, 2011
- Matt Welch Talks Obamacare PR on Freedom Watch
March 21st, 2011
- Nick Gillespie Discusses Obamacare and Corporate Welfare with Judge Napolitano
January 13th, 2011
- Reason-Rupe Poll: Americans Don't Think Health Care or Broccoli Mandates Are Constitutional (3/26)
- Amicus Brief Filed With Supreme Court: Department of Health and Human Services, et al., v. Florida, et al. (2/16)
- Liberal Programs Deserve Blame for Income Inequality (11/8)
- Soak the Rich or Soak the Super Rich? (10/18)
- Strict Scrutiny (8/18)
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