Professor Obama Holds Forth on the Mandate

“[T]here is no Supreme Court decision squarely on point dictating the result that the individual mandate is within the commerce power of Congress…”

~Judge Stanley Marcus
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

David Catron
The American Spectator

One reason the supporters of Obamacare were initially overconfident about its supposed invulnerability to legal challenges was their belief that the man who signed it into law was an expert on the Constitution. This misplaced faith was based on statements Obama himself made during his first presidential campaign. At a 2007 fundraiser, for example, he told his admirers, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” This claim turned out, of course, to be one of Obama’s trademark shadings of the truth. He was never a “professor” as genuine academics use the term. He was, however, a part-time faculty member at the University of Chicago, where he occasionally subjected hapless students to pontifications on the nation’s founding document.

Nonetheless, some important passages of that document have apparently escaped “Professor” Obama’s memory. On August 15, during his taxpayer-funded campaign bus tour, he made several assertions about the legal travails of his “signature domestic achievement” that suggest a less-than-perfect understanding of the Constitution. In Cannon Falls, Minnesota, he comforted a visibly nervous supporter who was worried about the “conservative wing” of the Supreme Court striking down the individual mandate by saying, “If the Supreme Court follows existing precedent, existing law, it should be upheld without a problem.” He then added, “There’s nothing wrong with saying to people who can afford to get health insurance, you need to buy health insurance just like car insurance.”

The latter assertion, that the individual mandate is analogous to laws requiring people to buy auto insurance, betrays a level of ignorance concerning the difference between state prerogatives and those of Congress that wouldn’t be tolerated in a high school government class. It’s a little unnerving coming from the President of the United States…

The article continues at The American Spectator.

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