Antonin Scalia’s Broccoli FixationMarch 31, 2012
Let’s expand a bit on what Justice Antonin Scalia was talking about when he compared the health care insurance mandate to a government requirement to purchase broccoli. The undeniably brilliant (if extremely ideology-driven) Justice makes a great point!
Everyone will eat broccoli eventually. Sooner or later, as sure as the sun rises, you will NEED to eat broccoli. Perhaps DESPERATELY need to eat broccoli. Broccoli might even be necessary to save your life at some point.
So how come so many people simply refuse to pay for broccoli – then expect to get all the very best broccoli that they need, promptly and for free, at the emergency door of their local food store? Because we let them get away with it – that’s why!
The food store is required by law to provide top-quality broccoli to every person in need of it – whether he can pay for expensive broccoli or not. Who pays for all this free broccoli? The rest of us – that’s who! You and me.
There’s a name for people who won’t pay for their own broccoli – freeloaders!
Unless we’re willing to let those freeloaders die in the street from broccoli deficiency syndrome, the government should make them prepay for their own eventual consumption of broccoli. But we aren’t willing to do that. Nor should we.
How can the government require us to prepay for broccoli Constitutionally? Since the broccoli market has a HUGE impact on interstate commerce, Congress may require everyone to pay his share for it.
Never doubt the ability of the brilliant Justice Scalia to select the very best Republican talking point when hearing a Supreme Court case. Is broccoli an apt analogy for the health care mandate, or what?
Now shut up and eat your broccoli.