“A federal district judge in Virginia ... declared a provision of the healthcare reform law unconstitutional. ... The core of his ruling is that a requirement in the law that people buy health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty is unconstitutional because it exceeds congressional powers to regulate interstate commerce or to impose taxes for the general welfare. ... Judge Henry Hudson concluded that Congress can’t regulate ‘economic inactivity,’ the failure to buy health insurance, as if it were ‘economic activity’ that affected interstate commerce. ... Yet it seems clear decisions not to buy insurance will ... affect costs in the broader healthcare markets. ... A decision to forgo insurance simply shifts much of the cost for subsequent illness to hospitals, doctors and insured individuals.”
—New York Times “The courts up through the Supremes will now decide if government can order individuals to buy a private product or be penalized for not doing so. If government can punish citizens for in essence doing nothing, then what is left of the core constitutional principle of limited and enumerated government powers? ... The core issue is whether the federal government can order individuals to do anything the political class decides it wants them to do.
—WallS treet Journal