That's right, the new health care reform law is not the first time the federal government has mandated the purchase of health insurance, but our conservative friends seem to need a history lesson. Just a few days ago AG Troy King declared his intent in joining this lawsuit was to “defend the founding fathers.” Horsefeathers! John Adams was a “founding father” and he had no problem with an insurance mandate in 1798:
In July, 1798, Congress passed, and President John Adams signed into law “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” authorizing the creation of a marine hospital service, and mandating privately employed sailors to purchase healthcare insurance.
This legislation also created America’s first payroll tax, as a ship’s owner was required to deduct 20 cents from each sailor’s monthly pay and forward those receipts to the service, which in turn provided injured sailors hospital care. Failure to pay or account properly was discouraged by requiring a law violating owner or ship's captain to pay a 100 dollar fine.
This historical fact demolishes claims of “unprecedented” and “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty…”
Who is Troy King to tell the actual founding fathers the intent of the Constitution? This lawsuit is a political stunt, not worth the paper it's printed on, and will cost the taxpayers of Alabama a bundle.