By Sam Baker - 02/06/12 10:46 PM EST
Congress has the power to regulate economic activity, but the states say the mandate goes a step further and requires people to participate in commerce. Their brief dismisses the Justice Department’s argument that everyone is in the market for healthcare services, and the mandate simply regulates how those services are paid for.
“Every decision not to purchase a good or service has a substantial effect on the interstate market for that good or service once aggregated with the similar decisions of other individuals,” the states’ brief says. “A power to control every class of decisions that has a substantial effect on interstate commerce would be nothing less than a power to control nearly every decision that an individual makes.”