UnderratedF00l wrote:I believe that there's a silver lining in this ruling.
Sure, the mandate sucks (and remember, it was originally proposed by a "conservative" think tank), but one part of the ruling that's being overlooked is that SCOTUS struck down the Commerce Clause justification. From now on, any similar mandates must be presented to the public as a tax. Congress can no longer hide behind the commerce clause, and that's a very good thing.
bagpiper wrote:What this ruling means, is the feds can force you to buy any product they want. All they have to do is impose a "tax" to provide that product to you if you don't purchase it directly.
Hawk87 wrote:I would have loved to have seen the whole law struck down, but the fact that they clarified that it is through the tax powers and not the commerce clause is the next best thing, and still a good thing for america. If nothing else, its the lesser of 2 evils.
It looks like they can now, with impunity, force me to buy or do most anything simply by imposing a tax and then offering an exemption if I comply with their desires. How about a $10,000 a year personal safety and/or environmental tax that is waived if I let the feds inspect my home to assure I've "upgraded" to green appliances, have a working smoke detector, and don't have any guns?
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