Chief Justice John Roberts announced the court’s judgment that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans. Roberts provided the swing vote to uphold the president’s health care law as the court ruled 5-4. The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.
Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.
Justice Roberts: The chief justice came to the conclusion that the mandate was constitutional as a tax after finding that it was not, in fact, a legal “command” to buy health insurance.
WHAT WAS HE SMOKING?!!!
“Rather, it makes going without insurance just another thing the government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning income,” he wrote.
“As I have explained, the Court’s continued use of that test ‘has encouraged the Federal Government to persist in its view that the Commerce Clause has virtually no limits.’” –Justice Thomas
Justice Roberts still toking the Weed: The Constitution’s commerce clause does not allow the federal government to force people to participate in a particular economic activity, Roberts stated.
“The Commerce Clause is not a general license to regulate an individual from cradle to grave, simply because they will engage in particular transactions,” Roberts wrote. “Any police power to regulate people, as such, as opposed to their activities, remains with the states.”
The justices rejected two of the administration’s three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts said.
The court found problems with the law’s expansion of Medicaid, but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states’ entire Medicaid allotment if they don’t take part in the law’s extension.
“The act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting states all Medicaid funding,” the dissenters said in a joint statement.
The court’s ruling has a far-reaching impact on the nation’s health care system. With the law being upheld, about 30 million of the 50 million uninsured Americans would get coverage in 2014 when a big expansion begins.
Obama has vigorously defended the health care overhaul as critical to the public’s health and well-being in campaign events this week.
“I think it was the right thing to do. I know it was the right thing to do,” he told supporters in Boston.
Republican campaign strategists said presidential candidate Mitt Romney will use the court’s ruling to continue campaigning against “Obamacare” and attacking the president’s signature health care program as a tax increase.
“Obama might have his law, but the GOP has a cause,” said veteran campaign adviser Terry Holt. “This promises to galvanize Republican support around a repeal of what could well be called the largest tax increase in American history.”
So Now the Government can demand you buy they deem, all they have to do is call it a tax and claim it’s “commerce” and you’re toast!
And if your State objects to Federal Laws, too f*cking bad for you!
Do you think if it was sold as a Tax originally and that if you didn’t comply an IRS Agent would be punitively coming to your bank account would you have embraced it?
The Left would have, it’s their Holy Grail. They now control who lives and who dies and How you Live! What could make them happier!
So coming soon:
The BMI Tax
The Salt Tax
The Soda Tax
The Obese Tax
The Fat Tax
The Vegan Tax
The Recycling/Global Warming Tax
The Chevy Volt Tax
The Gasoline Tax
The Light Bulb Tax
The Home Garden Tax
The Fast Food Penalty Tax
The MSNBC Tax
If they can TAX you for this what can’t they TAX you for??
NOTHING! Certainly not the Supreme Court!
What’s next, a TAX if we don’t work? So they they can get us working and not working.
You are now Serfs of the Big Brother who can now TAX you for anything they want and you have no say! So just suck it up, Serf!
If you do not obtain insurance coverage by 2014 you will be assessed a tax penalty. The penalty becomes progressively greater from 2014 through 2016, when it reaches full strength. Costing you $744 on a $40,000 a year job to begin with.
But testing a website for poor people: The law expands Medicaid to all individuals and families with incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. But the court found that states cannot be penalized if they decline to comply with the expansion, raising questions as to how effectively the federal government will be able to implement it.
Under 26, Single, Low income of $20,000: You will have the option of buying a health plan through your state’s exchange with federal assistance. Based on your income, your annual premiums for that plan would be no more than $800 to $1,260. Your maximum out-of-pocket costs for deductibles and co-payments would be capped at 15 percent of the total cost.
If you do not obtain insurance coverage by 2014 you will be assessed a tax penalty. The penalty becomes progressively greater from 2014 through 2016, when it reaches full strength. At that point, assuming your current income remains the same and your household consists of 1 uninsured adult, you would be subject to a penalty of about $695.
And everyone making that kind of money can certainly pay a Tax to nearly $700!!
So let me get this straight. We are taxed on things we do and now we are taxed if we don’t do anything?
And since the Government will now be in control of your Life through your health congratulation citizen you are now the proud servant of your Master not the Master of your our destiny!
R.I.P. USA 2012. It is almost officially over for this country.
We sure as hell ain’t a Constitutional Republic anymore. A blighted, bloated, and not-so-benign Dictatorship more like.
Hope you will remember fondly with nostalgia that now vanquished concept called FREEDOM. It was a quaint nothing while it lasted.
Future generations will look upon it with puzzlement completely unable to understand the concept. It will be like a Roman trying to understand an airplane.
The Government is ALWAYS Right. There are Three Lights!
ALL HAIL YOUR KING!
Sen Mike Lee: The Court really messed up with that part of their decision — it isn’t a tax, it wasn’t sold as a tax, it doesn’t have the hallmarks of a tax. I respectfully but forcefully disagree with the opinion. Politically, we have to take this thing down. We’re going to win. People are going to show up in droves in November.”
And the only way to do that is to VOTE AGAINST OBAMA and the Democrat Senate!