Mandates amd exemptions under George Washington

The very first Congress, in 1790, passed a law that included a mandate that ship owners buy medical insurance, but not hospital insurance, for their seamen. That Congress included 20 framers and was signed by another framer: President George Washington. In 1792, Washington signed another bill, passed by a Congress with 17 framers, requiring that all able-bodied men buy firearms. In 1798, Congress, with 5 framers, passed a federal law that required seamen to buy hospital insurance for themselves. – Harvard Law School professor Einer Elhauge

(I would also point out that the law Wasington signed requiring that all American householders buy a musket, bullets, a bayonet and powder specifically, after debate, did not allow a religious exemption for Quakers.)


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