Today was a critically important day for the liberty of our country, and as most of you know, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act on the basis that it’s a “tax.” There are two main reasons I, as a staunch conservative economist, must disagree with this decision.
As the dissenting Justices pointed out, this mandate is not within the power given to Congress in the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. I agree that Congress should hold the power to tax citizens; however, I cannot accept the fact that the Supreme Court has mistaken a mandate for a tax. The two are NOT the same: Mr. Obama himself said this while campaigning in 2009.
Secondly, the Affordable Care Act is simply economically unfeasible. The amount of hidden costs is enormous to many, especially since the Supreme Court has ruled…
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