#SCOTUS: Individual mandate is a tax

The SCOTUS has spoken.

SCOTUS blog is on cover it live,

The bottom line: the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.

Power Line also live. Chief Justice Alito was the deciding factor, according to Fox News.

The other day I was reading about The Dangerous Synergy Between The Nanny State And Universal Health Care.


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3 Responses to “#SCOTUS: Individual mandate is a tax”

  1. LibertyAtStake Says:

    A ‘tax’ is a levy on voluntary activity. An involuntary directive to do something under penalty of law is a mandate, plain and simple. Chief Justice Roberts is an intellectual coward. By his twisted logic a military draft is no draft, it is an invitation.

  2. Fausta Says:

    Now the American public needs to elect a Congress that will repeal it.

  3. E.M.H. Says:

    What Fausta said.

    I think too many people are gnashing teeth too hard to notice something: The SC actually gave conservatives a gift by forcing acknowledgement that this was a tax and not something covered under the Commerce Clause. As bad as it is now, had it been constitutional under *that*, the US would really be screwed.

    To me, the SC was saying what Instapundit said: “The Supreme Court has refused to save us from ourselves. The remedy now will have to be political.” And I agree, and also think that too many people have missed the fact that the decision *allows* it to be political, and thus amenable through Congress. Had it stayed put under the Commerce Clause… well, as others have put it, that would’ve been the end of the 10th Amendment. At least this way, that amendment’s principle is still intact, and people could fix this with an election of fiscally sane candidates.

    Now, the hard work is in finding those candidates. They’re out there; the work is in getting them to run, then getting them elected. As Fausta said: It’s up to the American public now.