Sunday, November 22, 2009

Is it legal to force people to buy insurance?

Posted by Shawn Gao

Is it legal to force everyone to buy insurance? Can Congress force you to buy insurance?
As part of health reform, Democrats want to require all Americans to purchase insurance or face a fine.
However, by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, say Congress has no constitutional authority to tell people what to buy with their money.
I agree with the Sen. Orrin Hatch. America is a country where people are free to do anything under its laws. The Congress should not have the power to force people to do anything.
Despite any benefits from the health reform to the country, “ individual mandate” cannot be taken at this moment. Even though, each individual could be covered under insurance, and each state economy, it is unreasonable for people to be urged to purchase require insurance.
I mean people have their own right to purchase anything they want. Or, Congress may simply ask each individual to purchase America- made cars that easily help American economy.
The key is people shall decide whether they need to purchase insurance or not. Also, required insurance should be considered as substantial.


  1. Totally agree with you. America has been built on the foundation of freedom, and the freedom to do what you want while obeying the law. It would be totally out line for the government to force the people to do this, but we have to ask our selves with the world changing how can we adapt in order to keep up? I think there are a lot of answers to that question.

    Posted by Adam Lindheim group 6A

  2. Regardless, they shouldn't be able to penalize those that DON'T purchase insurance. That the part I don't think is legal. They can urge all they want, give good reasons why and it could be the best thing in the world for our country. But, they don't have the right to fine people. What's next, imprison them?