The high court said, in essence, that Congress can tax you for any reason it wants.
You haven’t bought an electric car? Extra taxes for you. You’re not eating a certain amount of Brussels sprouts each month? Extra taxes. You’re not sitting up straight? Taxes.
That’s the message the court conveyed when it handed down its long-anticipated, historic ruling on “Obamacare” – the president’s disastrous health-care act.
Constitutional experts bit their nails while waiting to see how the court would rule on whether Obamacare’s individual mandate requirement – effectively forcing people to purchase health insurance – would pass muster under the Obama administration’s flawed, sweeping interpretation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.
In Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion, however, five of the nine justices tap-danced past that issue to reach another conclusion on the individual mandate: As Lyle Denniston at Bloomberg Law’s Scotusblog put it, “the Court did not sustain it as a command for Americans to buy insurance, but as a tax if they don’t.”
So if there’s any mode of behavior that Congress doesn’t like – from citizens not buying health insurance to constitutional experts biting their nails – Congress conceivably can now tax you for it, thanks to the decision laid out by the Supreme Court on Thursday.
What does this mean? As Jay Cost of The Weekly Standard points out, you’re going to see a huge transfer of wealth, regardless of your income or your social status.
“It transfers resources from the healthy to the sick, from the young to the old, without regard to who has more money to begin with,” he said. “Democrats typically rail against supposedly regressive GOP tax proposals, but nothing the Republicans have ever cooked up compares to the individual mandate.”
Oh, and by the way, now that the individual mandate is legally interpreted as a tax, it very well could qualify as the biggest middle-class tax increase in U.S. history – after President Obama specifically and emphatically promised he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class.
Is that a popular decision with you? According to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd it is. He told viewers Thursday morning that the Supreme Court fight “was the last obstacle and now that that’s out of the way, you’ll get a clear sense of the popularity of the law.”
More government intrusion into our lives? That’s supposed to be popular?
Hopefully this shattering court decision will rally Constitution-loving citizens in November.
If you believe in what that founding document really stands for, there should be absolutely nothing stopping you from transferring the Oval Office to someone who will stand firmly for the principles of our republic – instead of leaving it in the hands of someone doing his best to rip those principles apart.