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Now the individual mandate is a “tax”

2012-06-28T22:44:19+00:00

Today the Supreme Court of the United States upheld Obamacare in the case NFIB v. Sebelius in a narrow 5-4 vote. The court held that the “individual mandate,” which requires all citizens to buy health insurance so that healthcare could be provided to the uninsured, was not permissible under Congress’ Constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce (since failure to buy insurance is inactivity, which is not commerce), but it was permissible as a tax.

This conflicts directly with the consistent claims of Congressional Democrats and of President Obama, who insisted that the individual mandate was not a tax.

I thought the dissent written by Justices Alito, Kennedy and Scalia was interesting.

Democrats and the media are trumpeting the Supreme Court’s decision as a victory for the Obama administration. But by upholding Obamacare, the Supreme Court made the November election a referendum on Obamacare, as well as a referendum on Obama himself. And polls show that the majority of Americans oppose Obamacare, which does not bode well for its namesake.

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