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How do you interpret the Constitution?

Hoyer Says Constitution’s ‘General Welfare’ Clause Empowers Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:40 AM on Oct. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think health care is very important. But I disagree that the constitution empowers Congress to order Americans to buy health care.

    Do they also have the right to, say, order us to not eat fast food? Or drink soda or coffee? Or eat processed sugars? Or how about preservatives? Do they have the right to order us to all work out so many hours a week, or weigh within certain weight limits?

    After all, all of these things also impact our health, and, therefore, put a drain on our health care system.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 10:52 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • The Constitution is a guideline that enumerates and LIMITS the power of government to spend money and lay taxes for national defense. General welfare DOES NOT include health INSURANCE. They have the ability to TAX health care - NOT FORCE INSURANCE upon us...these idiots are trying to twist and warp the Constitution now? Great, that's just great.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:00 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Oh yeah 11:00 they have been working on the twisting for years..esp the damn progressives..they want to mold or force their ideal society onto all of us...and sure isnt looking like AMERICA

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:03 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • That is the whole agenda its not about America or the American people for cripes sake most Americans didnt want the stimulus passed nor any of this other crap..they odnt care its all about them and their agenda to break down this country bring it to its knees and them make it into what they Rahmbo the flashdancer stated..something about never wasting a crisis..time to take advantage basically of the American people..and some folks are dumb enough to allow it and think its great...dumbed down as hell

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:06 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • tnmom..

    Same can be said about people like you who think the Constitution should be lined with your Holly Book!


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • That clause just about gives them "open sesame." Oy.


    Answer by AngelaKay at 11:07 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • A holly book? Is that some sort of gardening reference?

    How about interpreting it at face value, and not trying to find ways to make it suit an agenda?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • tnmom.

    You can just not answer the question. Do you understand how the Constitution even works? Do you know the amendments and what they mean?


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • I do not owe you a damn thing anon...and you just cannot own wth you say you want to insult USE YOUR DAMN AVATAR you are a pathetic coward...

    11:00 has it spot on how about you learn some real damn history

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:25 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Well, I googled the topic. I learned in grad school that the gov. will appropriate monies under the general welfare clause to attach conditions. If you want our money, you do it our way. One example is the school milk program and more recently the NCLB. The legal site I read said the General Welfare Clause does not give Congress the ability (right) to control the citizens. Check it out and see for yourself.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 11:52 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

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