Friday, December 17, 2010

Megan McArdle asks a Direct Question

Blogging at The Atlantic, Megan McArdle asks a direct question about the health insurance mandate. Her question is in the context of the court challenge to the healthcare bill that's being heard in Florida:
I don't know the answer to this question, so I'm genuinely asking: would it be constitutional to effectively declare that the nation's health insurers are branch offices of the Internal Revenue Service?
If the health insurance mandate is a tax, then health insurers that collect revenue under that mandate are effectively tax collectors. Does the healthcare bill turn health insurers into quasi-tax collectors and is that Constitutional?

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