Roberts casts with liberals, votes for government expansion
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 – 4 split, has allowed ObamaCare — Barack Obama’s signature domestic initiative — to stand. The justices addressed the contentious individual mandate provision by ruling it is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority, although the Obama administration has steadfastly maintained it was not a tax.
At the core of the issue is whether the requirement for virtually all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty is Constitutional. The legislation was passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress in March 2010
In their last decision before taking summer recess, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled on perhaps the most anticipated decision in decades — the constitutionality of ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) — a case pitting the Obama administration against 27 states filing lawsuits challenging the law.
And in another surprising move, Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberals — disappointingly casting the deciding vote — in upholding this flagrant and massive federal overreach while spitting in the eye of American citizens. Roberts voted with the left on Arizona’s SB1070on Monday. In today’s decision Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor joined Roberts in this shameful and unprecedented state-sanctioned encroachment on individual freedom — forcing citizens to buy a specific product and clearly exceeding congressional authority.
Today’s Supreme Court opinion in the National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al can be read in its entirety HERE.
In this report released during the Clinton administration in 1994, the non-partisan that “The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”