Thursday, June 28, 2012

It looks like "Obamacare" survives...


Or you can call it the Affordable Care Act. According to Reason:
The Supreme Court has ruled that ObamaCare's individual mandate to purchase health insurance will survive as a tax, with Chief Justice Roberts joining the court liberals to write a majority opinion. The court also placed some narrow limits on federal power to limit state Medicaid funds.
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Update: The ruling states that, "The court reinforces that individuals can simply refuse to pay the tax and not comply with the mandate."
And this makes sense in Glenn Reynolds' words:
And what’s next? Republicans will have to push for repeal, or look like losers. Now Romney needs to make an issue of repealing the “Obama Healthcare Tax,” I guess. And, of course, it’s important to note that just because the Supreme Court — barely — found the Act constitutional doesn’t mean that it’s actually a good idea.
The election will get a little bit more interesting, won't it?

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