Founding Fathers not only supported mandates, they passed laws imposing them



If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the
Founding Fathers Back Them?

In making the legal case against Obamacare?s individual mandate,
challengers have argued that the framers of our Constitution would
certainly have found such a measure to be unconstitutional. Nevermind
that nothing in the text or history of the Constitution?s Commerce
Clause indicates that Congress cannot mandate commercial purchases.
The framers, challengers have claimed, thought a constitutional ban on
purchase mandates was too ?obvious? to mention. Their core basis for
this claim is that purchase mandates are unprecedented, which they say
would not be the case if it was understood this power existed.

But there?s a major problem with this line of argument: It just isn?t
true.

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/102620/individual-mandate-history-affordable-care-act
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