Like everyone else on the right, I detest this ruling and truly hoped that it had gone the other way.
But in the back of my mind, when the government made the argument that the mandate was a tax, I thought that was something worth worrying about.
Of course, the argument during the legislative process was that it was not a tax. So, in a sense, the only thing groundbreaking about this decision is that an argument made at the time a bill is being considered in Congress is meaningless when it goes to the Supreme Court. The “intent” of the legislators is now irrelevant and the law is what it is.
And even that is not really groundbreaking given that the Federalist Papers and other documents that explained the logic and reasoning behind the Constitution, and the intent of the framers has been ignored by courts every day.
No, Congress does have the power to tax. And those who increase taxes on the people are subject to the repercussions from the voters.
ObamaCare is a massive and un-affordable new entitlement that was ill conceived, rushed through and never completely deliberated. It was the Senate version which was never intended to see the light of day in whole.
Obama and the Democrats who now celebrate this ruling are also celebrating the fact that they lied to us about the mandate being a tax.
How will the voters feel on election day towards politicians who lied to them and raised their taxes?
That ruling is still out.
All ObamaCare proves is that bad legislation can sometimes be constitutional.