In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decision released today declares that the ObamaCare mandate is a tax! The individual mandate is a key element for funding the Affordable Healthcare Act, requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance. Justice John Roberts sided with the Liberal justices in ruling that Congress has the power to tax and that the mandate is a tax, therefore within their authority to regulate under the Commerce Clause. With that, the fight to repeal ObamaCare now returns squarely on the upcoming elections. But for the moment, Barack Obama and his White House can declare a victory with today′s ruling by the Supreme Court.
You may recall that Obama and the Democrats had originally argued that the mandate was not a tax. But we, and the Supreme Court know differently. On the bright side, if there is one, the high court also struck down a provision of ObamaCare which would allow the Federal government to withhold Medicaid funding from states that opt out of the mandate. So the White House did not walk away spotless.
This is a sad day in American history. There is little doubt now that Obama has succeeded in turning the United States into a Socialist nation. While there is still a small window of hope, since the mandate does not take effect until January, 2014, that a new administration and a Republican Senate can overturn the whole law, fate now lies in the hands of the voters. Perhaps this is the best outcome, for now we have a true, ideological battle to wage.
Today′s ruling, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Healthcare Act means that ObamaCare is alive and well. They confirmed what we knew all along, that the mandate was a tax, despite assurances by Barack Obama and Democrats that it was not such. So the fight continues, moving now to the ballot boxes. Whether or not ObamaCare survives the upcoming election depends on how well each side makes their argument to the voters.