January 19, 2011 -- Professor Adam Winkler commented on a Florida lawsuit over the national health care legislation. His comments appear in a St. Petersburg Times article.
"This law is a tax law," said Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA. "The minimum coverage provision requires that you either go out and have health insurance or that you pay a tax penalty. The Supreme Court has held consistently for 200 years that Congress' power to tax for the general welfare is very, very broad. And any time Congress has a rational basis to believe the tax raises revenue and furthers the general welfare, that law is constitutional."
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