Thursday, June 28, 2012

Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare


Update 1:

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual health-insurance mandate that is at the heart of President Obama health-care law, saying the mandate is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority.

Update 2:

Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and,Chief Justice John Roberts voted in  the majority.

Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Update 3:

Bottom line, medical care will become more centrally planned in the United States. It will ultimately lead to a  a decline in medical innovation, result in extensive crony medical care and a decline in life expectancy in the United States,. In other words, most will be served government medical care (think the post office), with medical care determined by those who can get closest to influence the health care dictators, dictators who will get to choose treatments and deny treatments.


  1. its a very odd decision, that it can imposed 'as a tax'.

  2. Good news for those that want to get to the end of the road faster. What is sad is that anyone making more than the premium protection income threshold of $78k is totally screwed. Too bad the medicaid provisions weren't upheld. That would have cleaned the clock of states with bloated public sector workers and outrageous benefit packages. I guess one can't have everything.

  3. I was wondering how the "conservatives" were going to strike this down while ruling that weed grown at home by dying sick people in states where it was legal to do so could be attacked by the Feds employing the "commerce clause".

  4. One more step along the road to serfdom...

  5. So is it a direct tax, duty, impost or excise?

  6. I don't get it.. so even though I don't smoke, can Congress pass a law forcing me to buy cigarettes (and fine me if I don't), because cigarettes can be assessed taxes too?

  7. You guys think Roberts was lobbied by the Romney camp for his vote. Now Romney has a very unpopular law he can run against through the summer and fall. Todays decision seems to benefit Romney's campaign.

  8. Roberts: In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax.

    In place of the words “go without health insurance,” insert any of the following:

    Go without public education
    Go without joining the military, Peace Corp, or other approved community service
    Avoid paying state income tax
    Own a firearm
    Buy a car delivering less than 40 miles-per-gallon / buy a car with an internal combustion engine
    Hold assets overseas
    Hold non-US Dollar denominated assets
    Buy precious metals
    Have more than two children
    Live in more than 1500 square feet
    Own more than one home
    Eat red meat
    Avoid taking statins
    Avoid annual physical exams

  9. These justices are a bunch of mentally ill, black robed, Nazgul.

  10. Interesting that Roberts put it over the top on the Individual Mandate, when the swing vote was expected to be Kennedy.

    Consumption/VAT taxes, Cap & Trade Taxes were harder to get, so now
    they enjoy a new massive revenue stream under the guise of 'health care.' I am no expert on the details(so correct me if need be), but I think the Individual Mandate tax is not just wage income related(ala Soc. Sec./Medicare), but must be paid by all U.S. Citizens, perhaps of a certain age, regardless. And for those with little or no taxable income, they still will be required to pony up, but can apply for a govt. provided credit to cover most, if not all of the Individual Mandate Tax (so basically still another welfare scheme).

    One would also imagine any and all will be required to file federal tax returns going forward(no exceptions). Not only will the Individual Mandate Tax extract more revenue it is a giant information and intrusion grab by govt.(AKA as The State). The IRS has already laid the collection/enforcement groundwork for all of this, they must be very happy right now.

    Wow, what a very different America is today than just 101 years ago(1913), before Congress passed and Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Income Tax and Federal Reserve legislation!

  11. Bionic, great point. Hardly anyone with a shred of honest or intelligence will deny how the tax code is used to award/punish certain choices and behaviors. This is just a way of putting the tax award/punishment system on steroids.

  12. "Now Mrs. Johnson, you cannot choose NOT to have an abortion. We're gonna take care of this high-risk pregancy for you. Sorry, we're running low on anesthesia. Gonna have to do without it."---Joseph Goebbels A.D. (Angel of Death, or an Obamacare doctor)

  13. Whoops, I meant Joseph Mengele. All those Nazis look and sound alike.

  14. Time to add more money to the money hole