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Bob Bennett Must Go: The Individual Mandate

I don’t know about you, but I think when proposing such bold initiatives, our senators should actually ask, “Is it constitutional?” But it is clear Bob Bennett does not respect the constitution.

[N]ot every member of the GOP opposes an individual mandate.Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, backed an individual mandate as part of a bipartisan health reform bill he pushed with Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden. Their bill had a handful of other Republican sponsors as well.The Senate is not seriously considering the “Healthy Americans Act” at this time.Bennett said this week that the constitutional issues never came up as they crafted their health care fix. He said he looked at the individual mandate in health care as something analogous to the requirement to have car insurance.

Bennett voted in the Senate that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, but has refused to back away from the individual mandate in his own legislation, which is pretty much the same as the one in Obamacare.But when the constitution is outmoded, constitutionality really does not matter. I guess.

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