Ms. Hicks engages in spin. Whether the mandate is valid under the commerce clause or the power to tax is a distinction without a difference. It is actually reasonable that Roberts has expanded government sway over individuals. Imagine: Congress wants people to exercise more; so they mandate we exercise an hour a day and if we don't they will tax us for failure to comply. If we resist and don't pay the tax, we go to jail. That is de facto coercion. The example of sin taxes is specious - in each case the tax is for active involvement in a specific behavior - not for inactivity.