EK: To focus on Barnettís argument, however, is it possible that the government can buy us insurance using our tax money but canít compel us to buy insurance using our own money?
CF: Iíve never understood why regulating by making people go buy something is somehow more intrusive than regulating by making them pay taxes and then giving it to them. I donít get it. It was comical to read the Heritage Foundationís brief attempting to explain why they were changing their position on this. Something needed to be done about this problem. Everyone understood that. So, the Heritage Foundation said letís do an individual mandate because it keeps it within free enterprise. The alternative was single payer. And they didnít want that, and Iím in sympathy with that. So now all of a sudden the free-market alternative becomes unconstitutional and terribly intrusive where a government imposition and government-run project would not be? I donít get it. Well, I do get it. Itís politics.