Then Why Isn’t Medicare Unconstitutional?

I don’t like Obamacare because I don’t believe it moves our broken employer-based system in the right direction.  I believe we need to move to a consumer-based system, where we focus on competition (like insurance sold across state lines) and reducing costs, rather than immediately focusing on getting everyone insured.  Getting everyone insured doesn’t address the cost issue.  Getting costs under control makes insurance more affordable and lets more people enter the system voluntarily.  Romneycare made the same mistake, by focusing on universal coverage rather than uncontrolled costs.

But I don’t believe that Obamacare is unconstitutional, I just think it’s the wrong approach.  Not all bad policy is unconstitutional.

If Obamacare is unconstitutional, then why isn’t Medicare?  Medicare forces people to buy health insurance.  About 25% of seniors choose the private system, Medicare Advantage.

If Obamacare is unconstitutional, but Medicare is constitutional, then why isn’t that age discrimination?  How can you force people 65 and older to buy something, but not younger people?

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