Coulter: If interstate commerce clause allows health insurance mandate, GOP should mandate guns and a Bible
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson in Florida ruled the ObamaCare health insurance mandate unconstitutional. And although this law will still have to be heard by other courts, what if eventually the Supreme Court of the United States finds the law constitutional, as many Democrats would prefer?
According to author Ann Coulter, they perhaps should be careful of what they ask for.
On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity asked Coulter to offer her thoughts on what he deemed a thoughtful ruling by Vinson, citing James Madison and the Federalist Papers.
“He also quoted Obama saying we don’t need an individual mandate,” Coulter said. “OK, then try to pass your health care law without it. Though, you know the Democrats and the White House are also arguing that the linchpin of the law is the individual mandate, which is why the judge found the entire law unconstitutional. It doesn’t work without forcing people to buy insurance. I must say, I mean there are two court opinions on each side now.”
She added that supposing the law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, then Congress could impose its will on anyone using this authority and therefore Republicans should use it to champion their issues – gun ownership and religion.
“Obviously, I find the two that hold it unconstitutional more compelling, but I mean for logical reasons, Which is to say the interstate commerce clause – there’s no point in having even any limits on Congress’ authority if they can force citizens, all citizens to buy a product,” she continued. “By the way, if this is constitutional, then Republicans should turn around and mandate all citizens be forced to purchase a gun and a Bible. And, there’s a lot more evidence that owning a gun and a Bible is better for society than everyone having to own health insurance. But, if that’s what Congress has the right to do, we can have all kinds of mandates. The interstate commerce clause says Congress can regulate either something that affects interstate commerce or the instrumentalities of interstate commerce. I think the judge, Judge Vinson makes a good case as apparently the plaintiffs did that simply not buying insurance is not an activity.”