Dems’ Diverse Defenses Of Obamacare

June 26, 2012 - 8:22 AM

Democrats’ defenses of the constitutionality of the Obamacare purchase mandate vary wildly, from invoking non-existent clauses to simply declaring that “nobody” questions their authority.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), for example, cited the nonexistent “good and welfare" clause of the Constitution as the source of Congress’ authority. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) claimed “The Pursuit of Happiness” gives Congress the authority to require people to buy products.

Other legislators have given a variety of answers. Some could give no answer at all:

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.): “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “Nobody questions” (our authority).
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.): “Well, I don’t know if there’s a specific constitutional provision.”
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka (D.-Hawaii): “I’m not aware of that--let me put it that way.”
  • Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.): “Let me see. I would have to check the specific sections. So, I’ll have to get back to you”
  • Sen. Ben Nelson (D.-Neb.): “Well, you know, I don’t know that I’m a constitutional scholar. So, I, I’m not going to be able to answer that question.”
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.): “The very first enumerated power.”

Here's a video montage of their responses. Much like snowflakes, well, you know...

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