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Friday, November 13, 2009

Iowa Independent: Grassley qruestions whether insuance mandate violates 10th Amendment

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Even if Democrats manage to pass health reform legislation, if it
contains an individual mandate it could prove unconstitutional, U.S.
Sen. Chuck Grassley said Thursday. During an interview with KAYL radio
in Storm Lake and the Marshalltown Times Republican, Grassley said
that even though he's never studied law and is not a constitutional
expert, he still believes mandating insurance coverage could be a
violation of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "[The 10th
Amendment] says something like anything that's not specifically
delegated to the federal government is reserved to the states and the
people thereof -- all those rights and powers," Grassley said, later
adding: "So states, if they want to mandate you buy something, they
can do it. But that doesn't give the federal government the right to
do it."

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