Here’s your elected official, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), spelling out what he feels about the powers of the government (2:50 into the video):
“The federal government, yes, can do most anything in this country”
Stark has been in office since 1973, and is a living testimonial for Congressional term limits, as you can see.
Ed Morrissey explains that
While the woman argues effectively about the 13th Amendment bar on slavery, the Fifth Amendment protection against confiscation of private property also applies, as does the Article I, Section 8 mandate on Congress to protect the ownership of “exclusive right to their Writings and Discoveries” for those in the sciences and the art
However, Stark did not bother with petty details. He simply stated that the government’s power can “do most anything in this country” and the Constitution is to be ignored.
These are the people in charge of your health care.