TNR for iPad: Einer Elhauge: If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?

“The founding fathers, it turns out, passed several mandates of their own. In 1790, the very first Congress—which incidentally included 20 framers—passed a law that included a mandate: namely, a requirement that ship owners buy medical insurance for their seamen. This law was then signed by another framer: President George Washington. That’s right, the father of our country had no difficulty imposing a health insurance mandate.”

Stephen Kuusisto
The Renee Crown University Honors Program
University Professor
Syracuse University