The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has set forth an individual mandate that requires all Americans to have health insurance. The justification for the law rests on the idea developed since the New Deal in the 1930s that any economic activity an individual engages in could impact the national economy and therefore can be regulated by the Federal Government based on its powers granted by the Commerce Clause in the Constitution. Up to this point, the Federal Government only regulated individuals if they actually engaged in economic activity. Now with the Individual Mandate, some in the Federal Government are arguing that because an American exists, that person could impact the economy and therefore can be regulated and ordered to purchase health care. The potential for such a policy to be abused is tremendous, and it leaves many wondering if Americans are truly free if their government can require them to buy something simply because they exist.
Rick Santorum and Chuck Grassley react to the decision overturning ObamaCare mandate. From the Iowa State Fair, Santorum says that the ruling vindicates the notion that Barack Obama doesn't have king-like powers. Grassley says that any other ruling would mean that Congress has no limitation to its power.