ObamaCare update: Florida AG Bondi upbeat
Posted Mar 27, 2012 by Tom Jackson
Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi likes the overall tilt of questioning—an indication of the justice’s leanings, say SCOTUS watchers—in the second day of oral arguments over ObamaCare.
“Today we defended Americans’ individual liberty by arguing that the federal government cannot force us to purchase private health insurance from cradle to grave. The health care act’s individual mandate far exceeds the limited and enumerated powers that the Constitution grants the federal government.
“I was encouraged by the justice’s questions, especially the ones that exposed the federal government’s inability to identify any meaningful limits on Congress’s power. As the states have argued all along, if the federal government can compel citizens to purchase health insurance they do not want, then it can force us to purchase anything.”
Even, as Antonin Scalia noted darkly, broccoli. Sheesh.