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Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Act

The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate of the Affordable Health Care Act by a 5-4 vote.  (Read the decision here).  What is interesting is their conclusion and basis for such a vote.  Most of the arguments made were centered on the Commerce Clause yet the Supreme Court voted against the argument saying Congress has no authority over individuals who choose not to engage in commerce.  Commerce requires the activity of trade.  If you aren’t buying anything (in this case health insurance), then you are not engaging in commerce and therefore Congress has no power.  The ruling was based on Congress’ power to tax.  Now the Obama administration went through great efforts to stress the “fact” that the penalty for not buying insurance was NOT a tax, it was a penalty.  This is obviously for political reasons and the Court says you have to call it what it actually is, and that’s a tax.  What concerns me is what else can Congress tax me for not doing or buying?

At the end of the day, the Court probably wanted to stay out of the political game, as they are supposed to stay out of it.  Whether you are for the Act or against it, the Court is making a silent statement.  If you want to change the law, do it at the polls.  VOTE.


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