On March 23, President Barack Obama signed one of the most sweeping
pieces of social legislation in American history. The new health
care law would require nearly all Americans to purchase health
insurance or face fines and possible jail time. The U.S.
Constitution grants Congress the power to regulate interstate
commerce, but does that mean that Congress can compel Americans to
engage in specific commercial transactions? Several states and
other plaintiffs have filed suit against this “individual mandate.”
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch discusses these issues on May 5, 2010.