Allen West Pens Op-ed Calling ‘Obamacare’ Unconstitutional

Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL), an outspoken conservative, penned an op-ed Friday in the Washington Times explaining why he thinks the health care reform law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional.

The crux of his argument:

The 2012 Supreme Court must determine whether the Founders had any intention of mandating the behavior of private enterprises and individuals.

To me, the answer is obvious: absolutely not.

The op-ed echoes the commonly made conservative arguments against the law’s requirement that Americans purchase insurance.

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