The House Ways and Means Committee confirmed today that the mandate provisions in Pelosicare will follow the form we’ve all expected: obey or go to jail. While it’s an unconstitutional, brutal, and outrageous provision, it does crystallize the legal issues in a way the Senate bill does not. These people have abandoned any pretense of addressing public concerns. They want their power and they want it now.
For those who are following the mandate saga, there were some outstanding contributions to the debate in recent days:
- James Capretta explains how the unprecedented mandate hides real costs in the program, to the tune of $1.5 trillion.
- Ken Klukowski lays out the case for unconstitutionality in the Politico.
- The whole letter from the Joint Committee on Taxation is worthwhile reading, as it lays out exactly what happens to an American who fails to comply. The picture painted is frighteningly similar to the image I first got when thinking about this issue: debtor’s prison.