The Training Wheels Theory of Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

We could get a decision any day now from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on whether the entire Affordable Care Act has been rendered unconstitutional by the 2017 Republican tax law. While we wait, it’s worth lifting up a novel argument in defense of the ACA offered in court by the insurance lobby: that the individual mandate operated as little more than a set of training wheels to get the law up and running.

The theory behind the latest legal attack on Obamacare is that the law cannot be severed from its allegedly…