Republicans Lodge Constitutional Challenge to Health Bill
Senate Republicans, defeated at every turn thus far in their bid to prevent Senate passage of a health care bill before Christmas, are digging into their parliamentary tool chest.
John Ensign , R-Nev., lodged a constitutional point of order against the legislation on Tuesday, claiming its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance or pay a penalty falls outside the scope of congressional powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. It also violates the Fifth Amendment’s ban on the taking of private property for public purposes “without just compensation,” Ensign asserted.
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