“In 2010, something happened in this country that has never happened before: Congress required that every person enter into a contractual relationship with a private company. Now, it is not as though the federal government never requires you to do anything. You must register for the military, you must submit a tax form, fill out a census form, and serve on a jury. And you must join a posse organized by a US marshal. But the nature of these very few duties illuminates the truly extraordinary nature of the individual insurance mandate. Each of these duties is necessary for the operation of government itself; and each has been widely recognized as inherent in being a citizen of the United States.
In essence, the mandate’s defenders claim that because Congress has the power to draft you into the military, it has the power to make you do anything less than this, including requiring that you send your money to a private company and do business with it for the rest of your life. This simply does not follow. The greater power does not include the lesser.”