This ruling officially turns ObamaCare into the largest tax hike in American history and sets a dangerous precedent of virtually unlimited federal power.
The surprising fact that Chief Justice Roberts, an appointee of President George W. Bush, sided with liberal activist judges to uphold one of the most blatant unconstitutional laws of our lifetime is an absolute disgrace. Justices Antonin Scalia Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas joined Thomas joined together in dissent arguing that “the act before us is invalid in its entirety.”
Those who respect the original intent of our Founding Fathers cannot constitutionally justify any part of ObamaCare.
“The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
Does this mean that there is nothing that the federal government cannot force us to buy?
Following Chief Justice Robert’s logic, the federal government may not be able to force us to eat vegetables but it can force us to buy broccoli if they call it a “tax.” President Obama could sign a law requiring all Americans purchase Chevy Volts and the Supreme Court would foolishly rule it constitutional.
A long line of campaign promises that Obama made on the campaign trail have been broken. He repeatedly swore repeatedly swore that the individual mandate was not a tax. And remember this Obama pledge? “If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see any of your taxes increased one single dime. I repeat: not a single dime.” Yeah, right.
Julie Borowski is a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks, an organization dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Her writings on economic policy have appeared in numerous newspapers and online outlets. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition to Reduce Spending and she launched an independent YouTube channel called TokenLibertarianGirl in June 2011.
She was previously selected to be a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies where she worked at the Center for Competitive Politics. Most recently, she was a government affairs associate at Americans for Tax Reform.
Julie has volunteered for political candidates in Kentucky and in her home state of Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Frostburg State University in May 2010 where she studied political science, economics and international studies. She is now located in Washington, D.C.