U.S. Supreme Court justices are in the midst of hearing arguments over the course of three days for and against the constitutionality of "Obamacare," the national health care law. Beyond any shadow of doubt, the mandate is unconstitutional, and the justices should rule it cannot be enforced.
Since the law named for President Barack Obama was enacted two years ago, Americans have learned much more about it than President Obama and other liberals would have preferred. For example, it now is known the law, if pursued, will increase health care costs for tens of millions of people, and will add to the federal budget deficit.
But cost is not the issue before the court in the challenge to the law filed by 26 states. Instead, the question is a narrow one of whether the government has authority to force people to buy health care policies that meet government specifications.
Never before has such a sweeping infringement upon the individual rights of Americans been attempted. Think about it: Highly personal financial and health care decisions will be made for you in Washington, not in your home, if Obamacare is allowed to proceed.
Personal liberty is the foundation of our nation's system of government. The court should keep it that way and overturn the law.