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can Congress require every American to buy health insurance?

President Obama has called for a serious and reasoned debate about his plans to overhaul the health-care system. Any such debate must include the question of whether it is constitutional for the federal government to adopt and implement the president's proposals. Consider one element known as the "individual mandate," which would require every American to have health insurance, if not through an employer then by individual purchase. This requirement would particularly affect young adults, who often choose to save the expense and go without coverage. Without the young to subsidize the old, a comprehensive national health system will not work. But can Congress require every American to buy health insurance?

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 3:53 PM on Aug. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:54 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • The Dutch managed to do it quite well. %100 of residence have health insurance. And %100 are happy about it. Now, i understand that America is a much larger scale. But i think it's do-able. I think it would be a great thing in the long-run.

    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 4:02 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Yes but the Dutch don't live by the US CONSTITUTION (read the ENTIRE article provided)... ;o)

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:03 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • We are not Dutch and in case you have forgot where we live it is called America.

    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 4:09 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • They require all cars have an insurance...

    If you are injured and have no insurance, the people have to pay for it in the end, so YES, everyone should have to get insured. and affordable insurance is KEY
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:13 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • They require all cars have an insurance...


    No I am pretty sure States require that Sweet, it's not a FEDERAL Mandate. So let's put healthcare in charge of the States to decide?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:14 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Even if every car needs insurance, not everyone drives a car, so still not everyone has to have the insurance. Everyone alive has health, to a certain extent, so it's not comparable.

    However, in the US, I'm pretty sure they can't force us to get health insurance. They can't force anybody to do anything, which is the beauty of the US.
    Pnukey

    Answer by Pnukey at 4:16 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Heck NO!!
    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 4:17 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Even if every car needs insurance, not everyone drives a car, so still not everyone has to have the insurance. Everyone alive has health, to a certain extent, so it's not comparable.


    Pnukey, nicely done! 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:21 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • No, they can't. It's a violation of state's rights, and would be overthrown by the supreme Court should someone challenge it.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 4:24 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

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