Can the Federal Government Mandate Health Insurance?
States can require people to buy insurance for automobiles and health care. So why can’t the federal government? According to Professor Elizabeth Price Foley, the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government limited and enumerated powers that confine it. The Constitution gives different powers to the states than it does to the federal government. Just because states have the power to establish mandates for insurance does not suggest that the federal government has the same power.