Senate to vote on constitutionality of healthcare bill

Senate Republicans who have charged the healthcare reform bill would violate the Constitution will get a vote on the question.

GOP Sens. John Ensign (Nev.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) delivered floor speeches Tuesday morning that the bill, in particular its individual mandate the nearly everyone obtain healthcare coverage, violates the Fifth Amendment and the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Ensign then made a constitutional point of order on the floor, forcing a vote that will take place Wednesday.

"As an American, I felt the obligation to stand up for the individual freedom of every citizen to make their own decision on this issue," Ensign said on the floor. "I don't believe Congress has the legal or moral authority to force this mandate on its citizens."

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