Another Dem dunce who doesn’t understand the Constitution.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.) says that Congress derived the constitutional authority to make Americans purchase health insurance as part of its “very first enumerated power.” He was referring to the language at the beginning of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which says: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”
CNSNews.com asked Merkley: “Specifically where in the Constitution does Congress get its authority to mandate that individuals purchase health care?”
Merkley said: “The very first enumerated power gives the power to provide for the common defense and the general welfare. So it’s right on, right on the front end.”
Before CNSNews.com could ask a follow-up question, Merkley’s press secretary pulled him away, apparently to attend an event.
Roland Burris and Nancy Pelosi are under the same self-imposed impression. No, the Constitution does NOT, in any way shape or form, allow the Congress to force government-run healthcare, or any other mandate they see fit, on American citizens.
What it boils down to, is Democrats injecting an imaginary clause in the Constitution to support their power grabs.
The signers of the U.S. Constitution had no idea the document would be abused in such an obscene way.