Help me settle a bet by answering this one question

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I have a bet going with a fellow Democratic activist.  I’m asking our readers to help me settle the bet by taking this as seriously as possible.

(Note: if you’re one of the people who can take nothing seriously — and you know who you are — just don’t answer at all.  If you want to leave a smart-ass comment noting that you can’t answer, well, if you’re one of those people I’d expect nothing less of some of you.)

For the purposes of this question, I want you to try to think like a Democrat defending the health care law.  (Again, if you find this impossible, just don’t answer.  I don’t want your brain damage on my conscience.)  All I need you to do in comments is to fill in the blank within the statement below as simply (meaning in as few words) and honestly as possible, although if you need to write a full paragraph to do it justice, go ahead:


“The health care mandate as currently structured is constitutional because ________________.”


Easy. huh?  Thanks for your time.  We’ll no doubt be discussing the results before long.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)