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Mon., July 2, 2012, 7:05 a.m.

Scholar: History belies suggestion founding fathers would have been appalled by ruling

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted to Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform by saying the nation's founding fathers would be "appalled." He wasn't the only one invoking the founding fathers in the wake of the controversial decision. But David Adler, constitutional scholar and director of the Andrus Center at Boise State University, said a look at history suggests a different conclusion.

"In the 1790s, the Congress on two different occasions passed statutes that imposed health insurance mandates," Adler said. Congress at the time was "filled with people who wrote the Constitution." You can read my full Sunday column here at spokesman.com.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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