Barbour likens debate over individual mandate to hypothetical ‘gun mandate’

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is stressing the federal government has no right to require Americans to purchase healthcare plans — much as it has no right to force them to buy guns.

Barbour made the analogy during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, when asked the constitutionality of the new healthcare law’s individual mandate.

His state of Mississippi is one of many that plan in the coming months to file a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming the Whie House has drastically overstepped its legal bounds.

“I do not believe the United States government has a right… the authority or power to force us to purchase health insurance any more than, in the name of homeland security, they can force every American to have to buy a gun,” the governor said.

The Hill
3/28/10