Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) used some extreme imagery Thursday to argue that last year's health care overhaul was unconstitutional, appearing to suggest that babies being left "in garbage cans" proved health insurance could not be regulated by Congress as interstate commerce.
During a debate with Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the Iowa Republican first claimed some people would live their entire lives in a specific state without receiving health care. King said that because this was possible, insurance provisions should not be considered interstate commerce.
"There have always been and likely will always be, babies that were born, lived and died within the jurisdictions of the individual states who never cross a state line, access no health care and therefore do not impact interstate commerce. Therefore, to compel someone who fits that category to buy an insurance policy cannot be defined within the confines of the interstate commerce clause."
Polis disagreed with King's contention that there are individuals who would go their entire lives without accessing any sort of health care.
"You find the baby that was not born in a hospital or with a midwife who did not receive inoculations," Polis countered. "You find that baby and identify them and I'll be happy to have that discussion."
At that point, King seemed to reach for the most extreme example he could find.
"I hate to tell you, but they show up in garbage cans around this country, sir," King said.
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