Enjoy Your Broccoli

Chief Justice Roberts upheld ObamaCare's individual mandate with verbal wizardry.  According to Roberts, the requirement to buy health insurance isn't really a requirement to buy health insurance.  It's a choice.  And the penalty for failing to comply isn't a penalty.  It's a tax. Defending the Court's ruling, Roberts argued, "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."  But the fact that ObamaCare was passed by a Congress and signed by a president elected by the public is completely irrelevant.  The justices have a duty to strike down laws that violate the Constitution.  And Roberts abandoned this duty. In dissent, Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito demonstrated the fallacy of Roberts' opinion, writing, "In this case, there is simply no way ... to escape what Congress enacted: a mandate that individuals maintain minimum essential coverage, enforced by a penalty." From a legal perspective, the...(Read Full Post)