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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.