Lefties Claim They Can’t Find Anyone to Argue That Obamacare is Unconstitutional

The University of Washington held a “debate” over the constitutionality of the health care bill in which none of the participants argued it was at all unconstitutional. Explaining this farce, the university claimed they couldn’t find any law professors to argue the opposing view. Liberal blogs such as TalkingPointsMemo and Think Progress, the blog for the Soros funded mouth-piece known as Center for American Progress, picked up the story to brag that the left can’t find any law professors to argue that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Clearly they haven’t looked hard enough.

Cato Institute legal scholar Ilya Shapiro, who is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, has issued a simple challenge. He’ll debate the constitutionality of Obamacare “anywhere at anytime.”

It’s not as if he’s the only one. Randy Barnett teaches constitutional law at Georgetown University and recently wrote in the Washington Post about different possible challenges to Obamacare. He concluded that several “constitutional challenges to health-care reform have a sound basis in the text of the Constitution.” Richard Epstein, of the University of Chicago, is another well-known skeptic of the bill’s constitutionality, and several months ago authored a piece explaining why in the Wall Street Journal. There are plenty more.

Here’s the $64,000 question. If the brilliant scholars at the University of Washington couldn’t properly conduct a basic search to find any of the numerous legal scholars who find Obamacare unconstitutional, how seriously can they possibly expect us to take their legal scholarship?

Cross-posted at Big Government and Conservative Compendium.

Brian Garst

Brian Garst is the Director of Government Affairs for the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a non-profit think tank dedicated to preserving tax competition and free markets. He also blogs at BrianGarst.com.

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