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Richard Epstein on the Virginia health care decision

December 13, 2010 I By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Timothy Sandefur

Prof. Richard A. Epstein has a short piece on Richochet.com about today's decision holding the Obama Administration health care mandate unconstitutional. Excerpt:

The government finds itself here in a real pickle.  Virginia has drawn a clear line that accounts for all the existing cases, so that no precedent has to be overruled to strike down this legislation.  On the other hand, to uphold it invites the government to force me to buy everything from exercise machines to bicycles, because there is always some good that the coercive use of state authority can advance. 

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