Why the Individual Mandate Is Legal

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Guards stand in front of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on Nov. 14, 2011.

As conservatives predict the demise of "Obamacare" in the Supreme Court, health-care policy wonk Einer Elhauge offers a compelling argument in The New York Times for the constitutionality of the individual mandate. Critics contend that Congress has never before forced Americans to buy something, but of course they’re ignoring one key precedent: Medicare. “Check your pay stub, and you will see where your contributions have been deducted, whether or not you wanted Medicare health insurance.”