In a tight 5-4 decision, the justices ruled Thursday that the “individual mandate” aspect of the Affordable Care Act was constitutional. That mandate compels most Americans to buy health insurance or face a fine.
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Republicans & Democrats React to SCOTUS Health Care Ruling
“Shock and celebration” at the White House as GOP vows to continue fighting.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.
“Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.
“Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.”
Judge Napolitano: “Individual Mandate Most Bizarre Tax in the History of the Country”
Supreme Court rules key part of ObamaCare will become a tax.
FLASHBACK 2009 President Obama: “Individual Mandate Is Not a Tax”
ABC News George Stephanopoulos’ 2009 interview with President Obama refusing to accept the argument that a mandate to buy health insurance is equivalent to a tax.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You were against the individual mandate…
STEPHANOPOULOS: …during the campaign. Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?
OBAMA: Well, hold on a second, George. Here — here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average — our families — in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’s…
STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.
OBAMA: No. That’s not true, George. The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I’m not covering all the costs.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy…
OBAMA: No, but — but, George, you — you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase. Any…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s the…
OBAMA: What — what — if I — if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say well, that’s not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don’t want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I — I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: Tax — “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.”
OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, no, but…
OBAMA: …what you’re saying is…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.
OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it’s a tax increase?
OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion.
Judge Napolitano on SCOTUS Medicaid Expansion Ruling
Judge Andrew Napolitano and Megyn Kelly break down the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Medicaid Expansion Provision of ObamaCare.
Judge Napolitano Breaks Down SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling
FBN’s Judge Napolitano breaks down the individual mandate ruling and how it is upheld as a tax by the Supreme Court.
Judge Napolitano: “Who Would Have Thought This Big 2,700-page Statute Was Really a Tax”
“Not a regulation of commerce, not a regulation of medicine, not a regulation of health care, but a tax on people.”
Sen. Marco Rubio: “If You Don’t Buy Health Insurance the IRS is Gonna Come After You”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care law, saying, “Well, I think it’s telling that a victory for the Obama administration means a middle class tax increase.”
He broke down what the law means for the American people, saying, “It is now unlawful for you not to buy health insurance. And if you don’t buy it, you have an IRS problem. If you do not buy health insurance, the IRS is going to be on your back and chasing you. They are going to take away your refund, they’re going to increase your fees.”
Eric Cantor Schedules Health Care Repeal Vote for July 11th
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced that the House will vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act on July 11th.
Judge Napolitano: “I Don’t Think Justice Roberts Made the Constitutional Decision”