The Constitutionality of Mandatory Insurance

March 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

FiveThirtyEight takes a knife to this argument, too:

I would encourage anyone who believes such claims to pull out his or her most recent paycheck. Someplace on there you will see FICA deductions that (in theory at least) are set aside to fund Social Security (OADSI) and Medicare programs. These are the two biggest government-sponsored insurance programs administered by the feds, and two of the largest line items in the federal budget. These paycheck deductions are not optional, and for all but the self-employed they are taken out immediately.

So, you don’t want to call it a fine for a lack of insurance, then call it a tax. . .

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