Last updated on: 5/21/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

The Second Militia Act of 1792 & Obamacare

The Second Militia Act of 1792 & Obamacare: Two Federal Government Mandates to Acquire Private Products – Many people say the insurance mandate in Obamacare was the first federal mandate for citizens to acquire a private product. However, others point to the Second Militia Act of 1792, signed by President George Washington, as the first such mandate since it required certain men to acquire a firearm and related items at their own expense. Read on for details in this debate.