Paul Ryan's "Individual Mandate"
The Ryan proposal compels Americans to buy insurance—just like Obamacare does.
Politicians may be expected to talk out of both sides of their mouths. But judges are expected to follow established precedent, and to set precedents they expect to be followed. That means that if the ACA mandates are unconstitutional, the Ryancare mandates must be as well.
Correction, May 4, 2011: This article originally referred to Rep. Paul Ryan's budget resolution, passed by the House in April. All such references should have been to Ryan's "Roadmap for America's Future," an earlier proposal that is more detailed than the budget resolution. (Return to top.)
Simon Lazarus, public policy counsel for the National Senior Citizens Law Center, wrote a paper on the constitutionality of mandatory health insurance for the American Constitution Society.
Photograph of Paul Ryan by Alex Wong/Getty Images.