I can't believe these guys. Here they are,they have sworn to uphold, and defend the Constitution, and lo and behold they don't even know what it says!
Nelson is not the only one, several congressmen have been asked, as well as White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, what authority there is in the Constitution for mandating that individuals purchase health insurance, and to a person they all start answering by saying they're not Constitutional scholars, then proceed to show ignorance of what this august document does say. It would seem that the Constitution is an inconvenient document to these folks.
Well in the interest of clarity here's what a 1994 C.B.O. memo had to say on the subject...
"A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government."
Did you get the part about the government not requiring people to buy goods or services as a requirement of lawful residence. There is a reason why,the Constitution doesn't allow it! It's called the freedom to choose!!!
That's right the government cannot force me to buy health insurance. Now I can almost hear someone saying "but the states require people to by car insurance". True enough they certainly do. This is predicated on the idea-that has been upheld by the Supreme Court- that driving is a privilege extended to you by the state therefore they can impose that requirement on you.
Citizenship however is a God given right guaranteed to anyone born in the U.S or naturalized as a citizen. They are basically trying to say that citizenship is a privilege and therefore to enjoy that privilege we must buy health insurance.
I think they will find that the inconvenient Constitution of these United States will stop them in their evil little tracks!