Napolitano: ObamaCare Ruling Gives "Power on a Platter" to Congress
Judge Napolitano joined Happening Now to comment on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling and the effect it will have on the country. He said, “The Supreme Court has invited the Congress to regulate private behavior – behavior that is not delegated to the Congress in the Constitution to regulate, so long as it uses its taxing power to do it.”
Napolitano referenced Justice Scalia’s jocular question during oral arguments when he asked if the government could force him to eat broccoli, saying that now “the government can order you to eat broccoli and then fine you if you don’t by calling the fine a tax.”
He said that this ruling gives “power on a platter to Congress.”
“This is the first time in the history of the country that the court has permitted the Congress to tax people for doing nothing, to punish them for refusing to do what the government wants them to do. That’s a very, very dangerous precedent,” he said.