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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Mandate Under Congressional Power to Tax Comments

The Supreme Court's surprising decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, not under the Commerce Clause, but as an exercise of Congress' power to tax, shocked the press, confused the Nation and sent the experts - and the lawyers - to read, re-read, analyze and parse the lengthy and complex opinion. This dense opinion was authored for a 5- 4majority by Chief Justice John Roberts. Justices Kennedy, Alito, Scalia and ... Continue Reading

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  1. Ted
    2 years ago

    Are we really supposed to rally around Romney? He put in the same mandate (tax) in Mass and the penalty is twice as high. Are we supposed to take his word on faith after the dozen of position flips on major issues (including this one)?

  2. Mike O
    2 years ago

    I was dumbstruck today. Chief Judas....I mean Justice Roberts may have thought he was doing the voters a favor by declaring what the liar in chief emphatically denied was a tax, as a tax. However, for us Catholics, I believe there is not a snowball's chance in hell now the court will find against the HHS mandate. Our fortnight of prayer has to work. It is the only hope we have left is turning to God. Our elected officials are too vested in their own power grabs to do anything but lie to the people. Without divine intervention, the HHS mandate will stand. This is the end-game of the left, the progressives - known in Europe as the fascists. If they get rid of the dependence on organized religion, what is left but to turn to the State? That's it. It's all about getting more power to the State! We must now start choosing our friends based on principles. If a person does not believe that God is whom we derive our rights from, either try to change their mind or CUT THEM LOOSE! The blessed Apostles even taught us there are some who cannot be converted, or have their minds changed and we must not lose sleep over those who refuse to see.
    In England after Henry VIII created the Church of England, Catholics were persecuted. They had to meet in secret. Those days may be at hand once again before we can all say "I believe..." Cardinal George has already offered that in two years Catholic charities, hospitals, care services, etc could all be gone. Nothing would make the devil in the White House happier! Nothing! Make no mistake about who Obama is. He is NOT a friend of religion. Nor are many of the prominent Catholics in politics today. Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius and any others on the left or right who support this mandate should be formally, FORMALLY removed from grace with the Catholic Church. If the Bishops do not have the political will to excommunicate those actively supporting the killing of innocent children, then how in the world can they lead the rest of us spiritually. it's time for the fire and brimstone days of yore to return. The "can't we all just get along" days are over.
    You either admit your adherence to the teachings of Christ and live according to the will of God and not man or you do not. If you do not, we will pray for you but will not abide you any longer.

  3. Felni G
    2 years ago

    Chief Justice Roberts took the best path when he voted to uphold Obamacare - simply said: it is not for the court to decide if Obamacare, by imposing additional taxes, is right for Americans, but it is up to the voters to decide that. Voters who oppose the law may vote for congressmen, senators, and president who will repeal the law.

    As a conservative, I believe that the best path to provide health insurance to more people is not through the individual mandate but by reducing individual and corporate taxes and providing incentives to businesses (like simplifying regulations). A more vibrant economy will mean more jobs which in turn will mean that more people may be able to afford health insurance. Less individual taxes, may enable more people who do not have health insurance now to get one and those who already have to get better health insurance coverage. Young people in their 20's need not have to depend on their parents' health insurance. They can get their own health insurance because they will have jobs.

  4. Rose
    2 years ago

    It's hard to find a silver lining here.

  5. Roseann Graham
    2 years ago

    Like lawyers everywhere, the Justices have assured themselves jobs, since all these people will be suing the government. Why would they not uphold something that virtually guarantees them many more billable hours?

  6. DarthJ
    2 years ago

    What a surprise. The Fed ruling in favour of the Fed? Get out of town!
    Maybe people will consider secession seriously now.

  7. John
    2 years ago


  8. David E.
    2 years ago

    Waiting for the good Deacon's next article raging against Chief Justice Roberts for being a "Catholic" in name only, for going against his bishops, etc. He should now be denied Communion, no? Under the rationale of so many other articles on this website, he must now have actively participated in a grave evil, by upholding the ACA.

    Doubt I will see such an article, though.

  9. Rob
    2 years ago

    Anyone who works in state and local taxation is not suprised in the least by this ruling. Governing bodies at all levels are always trying to impose a "tax" without calling it one. But various courts have always characterized them as taxes. Sometimes the government wins and sometimes the taxpayer wins, but I'm not suprised at all. I do have to say that I did think that this would be overturned and was really suprised that a conservative justice sided with the "liberal" judges. That being said, I have always maintained that the only reason a bad law stays on the books is because our legislators do not have wherewithall to repeal. But if their track record with abortion is any indicator of how this law will fare, guess we are stuck with it. And if we are stuck with it, I hope these guys can now dig into the the law, do their jobs and make it work. We keep talking about healthcare reform, well, take this law and reform it....make it work.

  10. Jane
    2 years ago

    Go to to find the solution for restoring freedom to our great Nation of America!

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