I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Today was the most disheartening day for the liberty movement since, well, Obamacare was passed into law 27 months ago. In an astounding 5-4 decision, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the progressive justices and affirmed the constitutionality of the individual mandate within Obamacare–as long as its considered a tax.
If you recall, President Obama wanted to make it clear that the individual mandate was not a tax, as he sternly told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in September 2009. He had said in a debate with Hillary Clinton in 2008 that any health care reform plan ought not to contain an individual mandate. And he said on the campaign trail in 2008 that health care should “never be purchased with tax increases on the middle class”. And yet, all those things have been true, or are now true. There are a grand total of 21 different taxes within Obamacare, 12 of which will affect individuals making less than $250,000 a year, which breaks another promise of President Obama’s. Businesses are more confused after the ruling than they were before. For those who employ fewer than 50, they have no reason to hire. For those who employ more than 50, it’s likely that it would be cheaper to not provide health insurance to their employees and take the penalty instead, which achieves the underlying goal of Obamacare: forcing more on the government dole and broadening the socialist society.
What Justice Roberts has done is super-legislate from the bench. Not only has he affirmed the mandate as a tax–which the law doesn’t call it nor did the administration try to argue it as in court–but he has set dangerous precedent for future abuses of power, where the federal government can force you to do whatever it wants as long as it punishes you through for not doing so through a tax. This is not about health insurance and helping those who don’t have it to get it (because, if it was, there wouldn’t be a penalty for not purchasing it in the first place); this is about making the American populace a practical slave to Big Brother. There is no longer a constitutional principle that limits the federal government with this ruling.
The world as we know it is over. Medicine as we know it is more than over. The only thing that can be done is to remain extremely vigilant and remove anyone who supports or voted for Obamacare from office and replace them with constitutional representatives that will repeal the law. Then, we must educate future generations and make it clear that they must fight as hard as we have so future administrations will not take advantage of Justice Roberts’ failure.
Pray for our nation, sleep on it, and pick yourselves up by the bootstraps in the morning–this fight is far from over.