GOP forces vote on constitutionality of health bill

The Senate on Wednesday will have to take an unplanned vote on whether the Democratic health care proposal is constitutional.

Sens. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and John Ensign, R-Nev., on Tuesday raised a point of order against the legislation on behalf of a caucus of conservative senators.

Ensign said the bill violates individual freedom of choice by requiring people to purchase health insurance or be subjected to fines and penalties.

“Forcing every American to purchase a product is absolutely inconsistent with our Constitution and the freedoms our Founding Fathers hoped to protect,‚Äù Senator DeMint said. “This is not at all like car insurance, you can choose not to drive but Americans will have no choice whether to buy government-approved insurance.”

The Senate is planning a Christmas Eve vote on final passage of the bill. There is no word yet on how the additional vote will impact the Democrats' self-imposed deadline of passing the bill before Christmas.

Just Posted

Police union calls on chief to resign for not standing by raid on journalist’s home

Chief Scott faces pressure to step down after acknowledging searches may have flouted state law

Mission entrepreneurs threatened with displacement may win a reprieve

Planning Commission approves 10-year exception to use restrictions for Activspace building tenants

Police chief acknowledges raid on journalist’s home may have violated state laws

Admission marks major turnaround for department after outrage over First Amendment violation

Two people taken to the hospital after South of Market shooting

Suspect fled the area and remains at large

SF explores banning right turns at red lights

Turning right on red in San Francisco may soon be a thing… Continue reading

Most Read