University of California, Berkeley law professor John Yoo doesn't think Roberts believes the content of his own opinion. Yoo believes that Roberts doesn't buy his own argument on the individual mandate but wrote an opinion "meant to pull the court out of a political fight."
Yoo concluded, "That's the real message for conservatives: We shouldn't put all our eggs in one basket and hope the Supreme Court is going to save us." He's right. Some fights are best fought in the ballot box.
The big bench also overturned the Obamacare provision to withhold Medicaid funds from states that don't sign on to the law's new spending -- which Roberts likened to "economic dragooning that leaves the states with no real option but to acquiesce in the Medicaid expansion." For those of you who are younger than 30, dragooning is a term for coercion that hails from before the Revolutionary War, when civilians were forced to house occupying militia.
Good analogy, but Obamacare's most egregious dragooning can be found in the law's requirement that employers take in new health care benefits that Uncle Sam doesn't have to pay for. Elections have consequences, and they're not always pretty.
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