[POLL] What's Your Opinion On the Supreme Court Upholding Affordable Health Care Law
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning upheld President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and reaction is pouring in from across the nation.
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#1 Jun 28, 2012
June 28, 2012. The day that the Supreme Court effectively gave the Federal Government the right to control our private lives. In its decision on "Obamacare", the Supreme Court has dealt one of the most serious blows to individual liberty and limited government in the history of our country.
Looking beyond the debate on healthcare reform, and what the government’s role should or should not be in healthcare, this decision is an affront to the Constitution, which is a document that is supposed to protect the people from the tyranny of big government by limiting the power of government.
Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion, stating that the Affordable Care Act was a constitutional act of taxation by Congress, establishes one of the largest expansions of government power in our history. The Supreme Court has already allowed Congress to expand its power under the Commerce Clause to almost no limits, this decision now does the same with Congress’ power to tax.
Until now, the ability of the government to tax the population was at least grounded by taxing affirmative activities. Some examples: you only pay income tax if you earn income (it should be noted that it took a Constitutional Amendment to give Congress this power!); you only pay gasoline tax if you use gasoline; you pay “sin” taxes if you buy cigarettes/alcohol/etc.; you pay property taxes if you own property. Never before has the government had the authority to tax you for NOT doing something they want you to do. The Court, in its opinion, even used such an argument to deny that Congress could compel commerce under the Commerce Clause, but then contradicts itself by allowing the Congress to compel individuals to purchase a product from a private company through the threat of taxation.
This unprecedented expansion of power means that the government can, in the future, use the Tax Code to make individuals behave anyway that government thinks is best. If the government wants to promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity (under the auspices of keeping healthcare costs down), what is to stop it from passing a law that requires everyone to join a gym and show that you then go to that gym at least 3 times per week, and if anyone chooses not to comply they must pay an additional tax. If the government wanted to be able to ensure everyone has reliable access to television channels, in case of an emergency broadcast, what is to stop it from passing a law that everyone must own a television and subscribe to cable or satellite, and anyone who does not has to pay an additional tax. The answer is nothing. The government can now potentially require any conduct it desires from individual citizens.
The decision that was issued by the Supreme Court today is a dangerous one. This goes beyond Healthcare. It is true that if Mitt Romney is elected President in November and the Republicans gain full control over Congress, then the Affordable Care Act can be repealed. However the precedent has now been set by the Supreme Court. The Government now has a new source of unfettered power, and has almost no restraints on being able to impose its will on the private lives of individual citizens. If government wants people to act a certain way, it can now simply impose a tax to penalize its citizens if they do not. This is now a constitutional exercise of government power. Ironically by taking this position, the Supreme Court has marginalized itself, as it has significantly reduced its role in being able to protect the people of this great country from an overreaching government.
This decision by the Court means that government power now knows almost no bounds. As freedom loving individuals, we can only hope that in the coming years the makeup of the Court will change, and this decision can be reversed. Until then, there is nothing to stop the government from intruding in any aspect of our lives.
June 28, 2012. R.I.P. Individual Freedom and Liberty.
Since: May 12
#2 Jul 1, 2012
Petition congress to repeal Obamacare:
#4 Jul 1, 2012
SCOTUS did the right thing.
They destroyed the MYTH that this was not a TAX.
They proved that Obama lied to the American middle class who will be the most adversely impacted by the changes. There are 22 new TAXES in the ACA Bill.
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