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Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, March 29, 2012

OBAMACARE IS NOT A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE
BY KATHLEEN PARKER
WASHINGTON POST

As a selfish human being, I want everyone to buy insurance. I also want nearly everyone to drop 20 pounds, exercise 45 minutes a day, abstain from drugs and cigarettes, drink no more than five ounces of red wine daily, get eight hours of sleep, eat a diet of mostly grains and vegetables, and avoid all sugars. This would do more to improve health and reduce the need for medical care than anything else on the planet. Shouldn’t we start there? Doesn’t it violate my civil rights to have to subsidize the consequences of other people’s irresponsible choices and lack of discipline? Ah, but no, government can’t dictate what people consume or how much they exercise. Wanna bet? Stick around.

ACTIVISM AND THE ROBERTS COURT
EDITORIAL
NEW YORK TIMES

The last issue before the court was the law’s expansion of Medicaid, which will be financed mostly by federal funds. The challengers contend the expansion coerces them to cover more poor people and that the penalty for refusing to do so would be a cutoff of federal money. This is a bizarre view that treats Medicaid, a voluntary federal-state partnership, as an affront to state sovereignty. There is no legitimate constitutional question on this issue. It is disturbing that the conservative justices seriously entertained the opponents’ argument.

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THE OBAMACARE RECKONING





WE'RE NOT FRANCE, YET





SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF ANTHONY KENNEDY