“As I recall, the great debate was between this device and the government option. And the government option was described as being akin to socialism, and there was a point to that. But what’s striking is that nobody in the world could’ve argued that the government option or single-payer could’ve been unconstitutional. It could’ve been deplorable. It could’ve been regrettable. It could’ve been Eastern rather than Western European. But it would’ve been constitutional.” —Charles Fried, Ronald Reagan’s former solicitor general, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act, in the Washington Post.