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

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak 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 Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for 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 without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.