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Since when has it been constitutional for congress to mandate what we have to buy?

 Link to March 21 update!!

 A CNS News reporter asked Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi where in the Constitution does Congress have the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, a mandate included in both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill . Pelosi responded with “are you serious are you serious?” The reporter answered “yes, yes I am.”

Pelosi then turned away from the reporter without answering the question. This is pretty much how she reacts to anyone who questions the legality of what this administration is trying to do.

Perhaps Speaker Pelosi hadn’t considered the fact that a law must be constitutional. If she has considered that thought, she obviously doesn’t take it seriously. Maybe she views it views it as a minor inconvienience to be delt with after the fact by lawyers in some back room. 

Who would ever believe that anyone in Congress would seriously argue that some provision in the Constitution would allow the Federal Government to make a citizen buy something they did not want? 

Nancy Pelosi is arguing that she already has that power. Her press secretary stated that The so called interstate commerce clause gives them the power to do this. Here is the clause they are trying to use.

“Section 8. The Congress shall have power…
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;”  – U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 3.

I just don’t see it. Where in this clause does it state that the federal government or any member of congress can force any individual to buy any product or service?

Should Nancy Pelosi and the Congress have the power to pass a law that forces you to buy and use a tredmill?  Why not, if they can pass a law and force you to buy health insurance? After all it is for the good of the collective health of the country.

In 1994 the Clinton administration tried to mandate health insurance Congressional Budget Office Said this this was an “unprecedented form of federal action.”

So can someone please tell me how “…regulate commerce…” became …force a person to buy?