July 29, 2016

The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate: The Very One-Sided Fordham Debate. [video]

There are few things in politics or the law quite so enjoyable as watching one use words to bludgeon and destroy a weak or faulty idea.

Recently (as in, on Monday of this week) the University of Utah’s SJ Quinney College of Law hosted the Fordham Debate. The topic for the two Ivy League educated scholars who would take up opposing sides?

Be it resolved that the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Yeah. Pretty much the lodestone for the entire political right’s anger at the elected left and why Obama, for all his panache, brilliance, and Vulcan-like demeanor, has lost the blessing of nearly a majority of Americans. [cont…]