Obamacare Individual Mandate Upheld; Take That Florida Republicans

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Pam Bondi (left), with Death Panel Sarah.
A lot has been said about the Supreme Court challenge to "Obamacare," the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One thing, though, that's gotten lost in the shuffle is that the case is called Health and Human Services v. Florida -- it was filed by Florida's then-attorney general Bill McCollum, and now-attorney general Pam Bondi ran for office promising to continue the suit.

Now, it looks like the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the argument that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, despite the best efforts of Florida's partisan politicos using our tax money to challenge it and get themselves headlines.

Scalia and the conservatives on the court voted against the measure in a 5-4 vote, but Justice Antonin Scalia's biased, broccoli-themed objections did not sway the four liberals or Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined them in supporting the mandate, saying it was justified because it could be construed as a tax -- ironically, the one thing Obama said it was not:
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... You can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase.
The details of the complicated ruling are still slowly being deciphered, but it looks for now like the key tenets of the law will stick. Here's what SCOTUSblog has to say about it:
The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters.
Sorry, Florida politicians incapable of speaking honestly about health care. You can complain all you want without offering solutions, but it looks like this solution, for now, is the one we're going with.

Congratulations, though, on being granted a whole new point to whine about on the campaign trail.

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Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Not to mention that $8B/month for the fun in Afghanistan.

Googoo
Googoo

 It would have been cheaper & more effective to nuke Afghanistan. Who would miss it?

Googoo
Googoo

 I think you're conveniently overlooking the fact that this SCOTUS-approved atrocity will now add about 30 MILLION MORE people to the Medicaid bandwagon...if they're considered "too poor" to pay for their own health insurance, the rest of us are going to be on the hook to pay it for them. Just what hard-working people need...more taxes or more national debt, to pay for something else for those who don't produce anything - well, except more babies they can't afford, which we'll also pay for.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

So, then, just how much taxpayer money did Mr. McCoolum and Ms. Biondi spend litigating this case? All just to prevent Floridians from obtaining affordable health care. Absolutely disgraceful. Just let 'em die, right? Voting Republican is an obscenity.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

That's coming for a woman who pretends to be a doctor... Look crazy fuck... Just go away. ***

Siliconracer
Siliconracer

I used to be against the Affordable Care Act. But after reading more closely, I find myself for it.  First off, as everyone now knows, the individual mandate is now considered a tax.  In the past, I jumped to conclusion that EVERYONE was going to have to pay higher tax now because of this law. This is not true. Only the people without insurance have to pay this tax. If you have insurance, this law will not affect you, in fact, in the revised version by the justices, it will actually help you. What does this mean? The rich and the upper middle class will not be affected because they can afford it, therefore not paying the ACA tax. For the rest of hard working Americans, they will NOW HAVE TO GET INSURANCE or get taxed.  Essentially, this law forces the middle class and the poor that don't qualify for Medicaid to pay their "fair share." The reason this law also helps the wealthy who can afford health insurance is because the law increases competition among insurance companies. Since they all want healthier (wealthier) customers that only see their doctors annually and now there is more insurances competing, this will drive down the premiums. The working poor without insurance being taxed because of this also contributes to lower healthcare premiums for the rich.  This actually a very conservative law. It sounds bad on the surface, but on further inspection, it really is astounding who this law actually affects.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

  Republicans would have us believe this is bad for America.  Is there any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country while leaving millions of our citizens uninsured and unprotected?  Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country.  Can his sacred Mormon underwear gain him enough donations to buy this election?  See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

riverrat69
riverrat69

I'm waiting Allen. Don't you have an off the wall statement about this?

Sam Infusia
Sam Infusia

Rich - As I cannot reply to your post, I'll reply here and hope you see it. I read tons of village voice media as I find it entertaining. Always a spin so as to promote good comments. As such, I find you to be one of the best writers out of the many sites I visit. I realize that VVM presents news that includes opinion. You very, very seldom take it too far. I am guessing that the "suck on that" was one of the instances you realized it went a bit too far. Anyway, in all seriousness, keep up the great writing. As for Obamacare, I've said it before that socialism is wonderful until you run out of other people's money. 

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