When Congress passes a highly unpopular bill that forces people to buy products from private businesses, and then the Supreme Court upholds it, something needs to change. That's because the health care bill is part of an even bigger problem: the very rules of the political game.
Congress loves to pass new laws—more than 100 in most years. These give members something to write home about to impress voters. But they're not too crazy about getting rid of old laws. In addition to insurance mandates, the federal books are overflowing with obsolete and antiquated statutes. To clear out this dead wood, Congress should create a new committee: the Committee on Repeals.