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HEALTH: Surprise; that mandate really is a tax

Letter by Rick Tanis, University Place on July 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | 4 Comments »
July 3, 2012 11:04 am

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts did us a great favor by finding that the only constitutional basis for the mandate is a tax, which is what the Obama administration has denied from the beginning.

After the victory lap dust settles, the Democrats will own an albatross reform loaded with government-controlled benefits that will ultimately be paid with increased taxes and fewer choices. Obamacare was sold with: “nobody under $250,000 per year will see a tax increase” and “you’ll get to keep your plan,” and an insurance mandate on those who can’t or won’t pay will help fund the whole thing.

There is no denying that increased medical costs and access are very real problems for millions of Americans, but a partisan 2,700-page Band-Aid is not the solution to these real problems. As John Roberts noted in his opinion, he was ruling on the theory of the mandate as a tax, not the wisdom of the legislation.

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