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Debating the Constitutionality of an Individual Mandate:

Apropos the recent discussion on this site, the Federalist Society is hosting a debate between David Rivkin and Jonathan Turley on the constitutionality of an individual mandate in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Details here.

corneille1640 (mail) (www):
I apologize for going a bit off-topic (already! and I'm probably the first commenter), but I thought I'd ask here a question I have found no answer to so far:

If senate bill exacts a fine (or tax) to mandate health insurance, does that make the bill an "appropriations" bill and if so, does that violate the requirement that appropriations bills originate only in the House of Representatives? I've always been hazy on this point, i.e., what makes something an appropriations bill.
9.24.2009 10:15am
Waste (mail):
Short answer I would think is yes. However the bill would have to go to a compromise commitee as the legislation would not match that of the House. There they will rewrite it. Once they do, they introduce the new bill into the House first to get around the requirement.
9.24.2009 1:12pm

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