When federal judge Roger Vinson ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional in early 2011, law professor Karl Manheim took to the airwaves and declared it “radical decision” that represents “a resurrection of the old states’ rights, Southern right argument.”
Got that? You’re probably for Jim Crow, or even slavery if you’re against the individual mandate. It’s worth noting that Manheim is an Obama donor. That’s worth noting not because it explains why he would so tendentiously defend the mandate, but because it helps explain why, back when Obama opposed the individual mandate during the 2008 primary season, Manheim argued that a mandate might be unconstitutional.
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Manheim wrote in March 2004:
Are health insurance mandates constitutional? They are certainly unprecedented. The federal government does not ordinarily require Americans to purchase particular goods or services from private parties.
Read More at washingtonexaminer.com. By Timothy P. Carney.