The Liberty Way

A professor at Liberty University, that shining example of legal and moral righteousness, objects to healthcare reform. Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law, announced that he plans to challenge health care legislation as soon as Obama signs it:

Congress does not have unlimited authority to regulate private actions. If the Constitution does not give Congress the power to act, then Congress cannot act. Congress clearly lacks the constitutional authority to force individuals to have, or private businesses to provide, health insurance. Congress’ attempt to force health insurance coverage on the nation is a stunning example of what Congress cannot do.

If Congress had the power to force each person to have health insurance, then individual liberty would be meaningless. The bill funds abortion, destroys liberty, and is patently unconstitutional.

While other people have questioned the legality of the health care reform bill, it’s certainly not patently unconstitutional.

Liberty University School of Law, incidentally, offers health care to students and their families by way of the American Bar Association’s UnitedHealthcare student insurance program.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer