more opinion on Teh Opinion…
The Supreme Court this morning upheld the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act, in a decision that declared, 5-4, that the Mandate does violate the Commerce Clause, but is still constitutional because it is a kind of tax. This last argument recevied relatively little attention in the past year, and was not addressed at all during the oral argument, if memory serves. But the Court ruled that citizens can be forced to pay taxes, and that taxes can take the form of requiring people to buy insurance instead of paying the government directly. More on that issue in a bit.
Although the Court upholds the Mandate’s constitutionality in the end, it declared that the Mandate exceeds Congress’ Commerce Clause powers, which is a major victory for defenders of limited government….
Go. RTWT. And thereby discover a brilliant, Limited Gov’t Type legal mind.
[Chief Justice John Roberts] “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”