Monday, April 5, 2010

Congressman: Use the elections to "slap reality" into the Obama administration

Today, I asked Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL, 3rd district) if the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3) gives Congress the authority to impose an individual insurance mandate. (Question suggested by Harvey of IMAO, Bad Example, and The Fred Thompson Show)

Rep. Rogers' response: "Of course not."

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Of course not. And I think that's one of the things that's going to be cleared up by these state court cases that are being brought.

The problem is, I think, it's going to take a while to filter up because, while the district court case may happen in less than a year, whoever loses is going to appeal to the circuit court level. Whoever loses that will end up petitioning the court for certiorari at the Supreme Court. So you may see several years before that issue is resolved by the Supreme Court.

I don't think people want to wait several years. That's why I think the elections are the best way to slap reality into the administration. And then, still wait for those court cases to be resolved, because it is a question we need answered, because this overreach is not going to be the last overreach, particularly if this is unanswered.
Rep. Rogers was holding a "Congress On Your Corner" meeting in Phenix City, Alabama. Over 40 people, plus media, attended the event. Rogers spoke for about 15 minutes, then took questions for nearly an hour on topics such as the health care bill, taxes, jobs, and immigration.

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