Los Angeles Times | June 28, 2012 | 7:14 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Thursday, ruling the government may impose tax penalties on persons who do not have health insurance.
The court’s long-awaited ruling rejected a broad legal attack on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought by Republican state officials and the National Federation of Independent Business.
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Obamacare Protest Friday 5-7 at VC Govt. Center
In March, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether President Obama's polarizing health care reform was constitutional.
SUPREME COURT RULES:
OBAMACARE STANDS...Mandate survives as a tax...
Chief Justice Roberts joins left of the Court...
'It is not our role to forbid it, or pass upon its wisdom or fairne...
'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. '
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The court reinforces that individuals cant simply refuse to pay tax...
FLASHBACK: Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax...
Justices Find Fault With Medicaid Expansion...
This is actually much worse than it appears. Never mind health care.
The principle is now established (think of it as Wickard on steroids) that
the feds can tell anybody, individual, state or any other legal entity, to do
exactly what it wants, or face a million dollar penalty on their tax bill.
With minor exceptions, and barring a new Supreme decision, federalism
is now DEAD.
My ambition to leave the country (my temporary location in Sweden does
not count for much) is now hardening.