Is Obama's healthcare law constitutional?

Through the individual mandate, the federal government is literally forcing all Americans to buy health insurance.  If the federal government can require individuals to buy a health care plan, what else can they require individuals to buy?  Even worse, the health care law gives the federal government the right to decide what is “acceptable” coverage for individuals.  Those who do not meet these standards will be penalized. I do not see how such a requirement can be held constitutional. 

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Today, I sat in on the Supreme Court hearing, which specifically focused on the constitutionality of another provision expanding the federal-state Medicaid program. It was fascinating listening to questions by Supreme Court justices during the proceeding. 

Ultimately, by late June, the Supreme Court will decide if government can force individuals to buy a private product or be penalized for not doing so. The question remains: Can the government be allowed to force people to buy health insurance? I hope the answer from the court is NO.

The House of Representatives has already taken action to repeal the president’s health care law, and I have introduced a resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that the individual mandate is unconstitutional to support the states’ challenge. It is time for Democrats in Washington to side with the American people by joining that effort. We will continue to do the work we were sent here to do until the threat of the health care law is removed once and for all.

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Rep. Roe represents Tennessee's first congressional district.