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Roland Burris claims the “general health” clause in the constitution gives the government the right to mandate healthcare coverage?

November 5, 2009

   When asked where the constitution provided the authority to mandate the American people to buy healthcare insurance this is what Roland Burris had to say:

Well, that’s under certainly the laws of the–protect the health, welfare of the country,” said Burris. “That’s under the Constitution. We’re not even dealing with any constitutionality here. Should we move in that direction? What does the Constitution say? To provide for the health, welfare and the defense of the country

  There is just one little problem with his statement– the constitution does not say anywhere that the government is to provide for the “health” of the United States. He either made that up or he does not know what the constitution actually says.  Which one of those scenarios is worse? I guess that he was trying to invoke the “general welfare” clause. This man is a United States senator– granted he bought his seat– and he does not even know what is in the constitution. One has to wonder if he has even bothered to read it.

   Roland Burris showed perhaps a greater  amount of ignorance toward the United States constitution than any other sitting politician in congress when he claimed that the constitution says that the government provides for “health” of the American people. These people will stop at nothing in order to find the authority to force the American people to buy health insurance, even making up something that is not there.

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