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Somin Discusses Individual Mandate on Reason.tv

Professor Ilya Somin was featured in a Reason.tv interview with Zach Weissmueller in which he discussed upcoming oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Somin discussed his amicus brief in the case and why it focuses on the individual mandate, what the chances for success are, and whether a mandate to purchase insurance could empower Congress to pass other mandates requiring citizens to purchase items the government deems necessary.

A Supreme Court ruling upholding the individual mandate "will really be, if not a death blow, then certainly a very severe blow to the whole idea that the federal government's powers are limited and that it's not the case that the federal government can do pretty much whatever it wants," said Somin. "There's a lot of industries that have a lot of lobbying power and interest group clout that could promote mandates for themselves," he added.

Reason.tv: Ilya Somin on Why The Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional and a Threat to Liberty, March 16, 2012.

Watch the interview