Why the Individual Mandate Is Legal

    Image #: 15979208    epa03003359 Supreme Court police stand in front of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, USA, 14 November 2011. The US Supreme Court announced, 14 November 2011, that it will hear legal challenges to Obama's healthcare law. The court will grant a hearing for a suit filed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business, which challenges the healthcare law that will require nearly all Americans to have insurance. The Supreme Court is expected to review the healthcare law during the peak of the 2012 election season.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS /LANDOV

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    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.”

    Read it at The New York Times