Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obamacare Stands As A Tax

In a surprising ruling, the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act. The 5-4 ruling lets stand the Obamacare mandate that requires just about everyone carry health insurance or pay a fine. The ruling calls the fine a tax, allowing the law to escape arguments that it violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

This is one that I thought would have been overturned by 5-4 or 6-3. The most surprising thing was that Chief Justice Roberts again sided with the reformist Justice. Roberts will no longer be viewed by conservatives as a originalist Justice. Roberts will forever be grouped with Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Bryer, those believing that it is their lot in life to legislate from the bench.

It was a win for pro-government and socialists. It was a loss for freedom.

For a couple of years now, we have heard from Democrat leaders and President Obama how this was not a tax. The Court today called them all liars. Obamacare is a mandatory payment of money for "medical care" -- a tax. It is arguably the largest tax increase in the history of this country, if not the world. And it is a regressive tax with the middle class being the hardest hit.

Roberts' true character has shown. His statement "because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness" is one made by a coward, not wanting to appear as an "activist."

Add one more thing to the list we are forced to do as the government dictates. This was not about medical coverage rather about the federal government taking more control of our lives.

Like all liberal beliefs, the premise sounds so compassionate -- helping the uninsured obtain health insurance, not denied coverage for preexisting conditions, allowing children to remain on parents' policies until they are 26 -- but they fail to understand a) the cost, b) who pays for it and c) that the government is unable to do anything with any skill, efficiency or quality.

There is nothing in the Constitution that supports the Affordable Care Act. Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito agree. The Roberts' opinion is wrong. This will be his legacy. It is a shame.

Many will elect to pay the fines in 2014, 2015, 2016, because they will be lower than the premiums. But what happens when the fines are higher than the premiums? The insurance companies will be the tax collector for a few year. The IRS will be the enforcer.

This ruling is another step down the enslavement path. It is a huge step in giving the federal government the ability to tax anything they deem in the best interest of the country. They are now able to dictate anything with our so-called private property.

America lost today. Freedom was lost. The Constitution was trampled upon.

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