Rep. Conyers tries to make the analogy that the Federal Government forcing people to buy health insurance is the same as State Governments forcing people to buy health insurance. This argument fails for several reasons. 1) Most states don't require people to buy health insurance. 2) You can move to another state if you don't like your current state government. Many people do. 3) States operate under different Constitutions than the Federal Government. .
(CNS News)- Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the individual insurance mandate in the Democrats’ health care law has nothing to do with individual liberty.
“[W]e have been hearing that this is all about individual liberty, the right to be let alone. But is it really?” Conyers asked in his opening statement.
“The liberty interests at stake do not change simply because it is the federal, rather than the state government that is imposing the requirement.
“While we can debate whether Congress has the power to impose this requirement – something I believe we clearly do – we should not scare Americans into believing that how we resolve that question says anything about their individual liberty.”