This is just sad. And this is a Harvard professor. Not that I should really expect anything better from someone who teaches at Harvard. I don’t think common sense is a prominent thing there.
Sen. Durbin: The point raised by Senator Lee – the “buy your vegetables, eat your vegetables” point? I’d like you ask to comment on that because that is the one I’m hearing most often. By people who are saying “Well, if the government can require me to buy health insurance, can it require me to have a membership in a gym, or eat vegetables?” We’ve heard from Professor Dellinger on that point, would you like to comment?
Prof. Fried: Yes. We hear that quite a lot. It was put by Judge Vinson, and I think it was put by Professor Barnett in terms of eating your vegetables, and for reasons I set out in my testimony, that would be a violation of the 5th and the 14th Amendment, to force you to eat something. But to force you to pay for something? I don’t see why not. It may not be a good idea, but I don’t see why it’s unconstitutional.
I actually like broccoli. One of the few veggies I eat.
But if you think the government has the right to mandate us to buy health insurance than why can’t the government force us to buy veggies, force us to buy a car from general motors or how ever else they chose to run our lives.