First Thoughts On Obamacare Ruling

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare this morning and the implications of what this means could be huge.

The Court says:

“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.”

So it seems congress can choose to call forcing you to buy electric cars or solar panels or a new home or whatever they want you to buy a “tax” and it’s all good.

This is a very very dangerous precedent to move forward.

UPDATE:

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash posted the following on his Facebook page along with his official public statement:

“Today’s ruling shows why it’s more important than ever to have congressmen who believe in limiting the federal government. The Court decided that the individual mandate is a tax, which means Pres. Obama and the Democrats are responsible for one of the largest tax increases on Americans in history.

It’s also important to recognize that there is a big win for liberty and the Constitution embedded in this decision. The Obama administration’s Commerce Clause justification was struck down. That means that any similar future mandates will have to be presented to the American people as a tax. Members of Congress can no longer take political cover behind the Commerce Clause.”

UPDATE 2:

Ron Paul weighs in:

http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/06/28/ron-paul-on-supreme-court-obamacare-ruling/

Gary Johnson weighs in:

http://reason.com/blog/2012/06/28/gary-johnson-on-obamacare-ruling-it-has

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  1. cal
    June 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    this ends even the pretense of freedom

  2. Balthazaar
    June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    The Supreme Court is officially senile. When will they die and make room for someone more intelligent? When?

    How in the world is every “family” (from one person to infinity people) going to afford a tax of over $2,000/year for federally funded health care? This is, of course, the direction that all of this will eventually take. The tax is a lot cheaper than mandated private insurance ($3,000-4,000/year/person), so almost everyone will ultimately choose the federally funded route. The only people who will not choose the federal program will be the upper-middle class and the upper class. Since those people will have their own health plans, they will not end up paying the tax.

    The tax is either a percentage of your income or a flat amount, whichever is MORE. The poor and middle class will almost all end up paying the flat amount. In essence, this turns out to be a flat tax on the poor and middle class. It is not possible to fund a federal program that applies to all citizens through a flat tax of only some people. Only a progressive tax system, levied on EVERYONE, can do that.

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