Mandate upheld: what now?

posted at 10:41 am on June 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

After months and months of focusing on Anthony Kennedy as the weak link in the conservative chain at the Supreme Court, it turns out that Chief Justice John Roberts was the one the Right needed to fear.  With the more centrist Kennedy dissenting, Roberts signed off on the individual mandate in ObamaCare, not as part of Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause, or even the ludicrous reference to the “Good and Welfare Clause” from some Democrats, but from the more mundane and substantial power to tax.  The opinion actually ruled that the mandate violates the Commerce Clause, but as a tax that no longer matters.

It’s an interesting argument, but one that should have Americans worried.  Basically, this is a tax that you have to pay to private companies.  For all of the screaming the Right did over single-payer — and for good, outcome-based reasons — at least the money paid by taxpayers would go directly to government [see update II].  The Supreme Court has signed off on what is, in very practical terms, a tax levied by the insurance industry on Americans simply for existing.  It’s an amazing, and fearsome, decision that really should have both Right and Left horrified.

Nevertheless, this is the law of the land.  We can now look forward to taxes levied by the auto industry for not having bought a new car in the last seven years, the liquor industry for buying too few bottles of wine to maintain your health, and by the agricultural industry for not buying that damned broccoli after all. We might even have Obama attempt to impose a tax for not buying enough contraception; we can call that the Trojan tax.

By the way, don’t forget when Obama insisted that this wasn’t a tax, via Patterico:

So what now?  Mitt Romney and Republicans can now run on repeal as a big issue in the campaign.  They should emphasize the tax argument when they do, because this tax hits everyone.  The ruling may alleviate some of the bad polling the ACA has received, but probably not by much.  It’s going to remain deeply unpopular for the next few months.  On top of that, the decision to uphold the law also means that the fight is still on over the HHS contraception mandate.  We can expect the Catholic bishops to keep up the pressure on the Obama administration’s attempt to define religious expression for the purpose of controlling and limiting it — and we can probably expect the challenge to it to reach the Supreme Court, too.

This started off as a political fight, though, and it’s now clear that it has to get resolved as a political fight.

Update: Bill Whittle explains why ObamaCare won’t work:

Expect the GOP to be making these arguments on the campaign trail over the next few months.

Update II: I clarified what I meant in the second paragraph by editing it a bit.  My argument is this: the tax isn’t just on non-compliance, which is what Roberts and the court ruled constitutional.  The law forces people to give money to private industry, in the form of buying health insurance.  That’s a tax too, imposed by force on Americans, in this case the force of the penalties and the legal consequences of not paying them.


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rogerb on June 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

vote

rob verdi on June 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Game Over, man, Game Over.

Bachmann had it right. Get a foreign passport out while you still can, this country is history.

Norwegian on June 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

To things:

1) Over turn Obamacare

2) Amendment against Mandates

Oil Can on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

It war! Lost cofidence in the CJ.

StevC on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Repeal now!

NoFanofLibs on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

“Obama lied to get Obamacare” should be the theme of Republican ads, quickly.
Videos of Obama saying “This is not a tax,” followed by some articulation that Obama instructed the justice department to argue to the courts that it is a tax.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Whoa wait I just thought of something. If the “mandate” only survives as a “tax” then what does this do to all the Obamacare waivers? Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

GET OBAMA REPLACED WITH ROMNEY NOW

Swerve22 on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Well, looks like I just became a libertarian…

Crefonso on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

torches and pitchforks????

or start hitting the donation buttons at MittRomney.com and any and every Congressional / Senate race you can afford…

phreshone on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

My only remaining hope is that people vote these scoundrels out.

Drained Brain on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Fitness industry tax for not belonging to a gym.

talkingpoints on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Hey CJ John Roberts, what’s it like to be the most hated man in America right now?

matd on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Our hand basket has reached its final destination.

I never thought that this could happen in our great Republic.

This absolutely sux.

Corky on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

All you MittBots claiming we need Mitt to save us from the Supreme Court picks Obama would make….

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT ROBERTS!!!!!!!!!

lm10001 on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

It’s bad enough that I have to see smiling pics of Obama on Hot Air. Now I have to look a smiling pic of this b*stard Roberts.

Mark1971 on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

is what it is….

Sadly this will drag the economy down further (check the dow).
Then why is Obama still neck and neck?

Bensonofben on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This started off as a political fight, though, and it’s now clear that it has to get resolved as a political fight.

Yep, as it should.

Who is going to vote to implement these new taxes?

cozmo on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Bush’s fault

tommer74 on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

and who pays this tax? Half the moochers in this country don’t pay tax. We are done for. Obamao has killed the USA in four years along with the soulless congress and in particular the absolutely spineless republicans, with the “leeeaaaders” McConnell and Boehner. God help us all, we had better learn to speak Russian or Chinese.

ultracon on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Whoa wait I just thought of something. If the “mandate” only survives as a “tax” then what does this do to all the Obamacare waivers? Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Hah, good point!

oryguncon on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

`When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

`The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master – - that’s all.

PackerBronco on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Can new taxes be passed with just a reconciliation vote?

talkingpoints on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Mr. Roberts = Obama KGB undercover agent

timberline on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

#*(%&)#(*%&#&%)#&%)#&*(%(_&#%

There – that won’t get me banned.

gophergirl on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Thank you GW Bush, once again!

kevinkristy on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

What now? It’s 2010 all over again.

petefrt on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

We have to take the Senate, too.

obladioblada on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

All Obama needs to do to get his way is trash Roberts at his state of the union address. This poor sick Republic is rotting from its core.

rplat on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Also,

I want to see the RNC start to Organize a Consitutional Amendment against mandates TODAY. You are for mandates, get the F out of the party!

Oil Can on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Geat pick for chief justice Georgie BOY! Just another reason why you suck!

Political Chef on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I of course wanted the court to throw out the law.

on the other hand the country now has a clear choice,

vote obama keep obamacare.

vote Romney get rid of it.

gerrym51 on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Roberts cocktail party invites dropped to nil today….

Bensonofben on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I do believe this is probably the first time I have ever heard of a tax going directly to an industry. Turns this may be a twisted knife that the Democrats may not want after running against corporations and all only to levy a tax on behalf of said corporations.

eva3071 on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Dear God, we’re all doomed now. Please, let this country throw this !@#$%^&*( out of office in November — and with all of the dead voting for that !@#$%^&*(, it’s going to be a tough battle.

JoAnn1965 on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Someone mentioned that the 16th amendment needs to be repealed.

upinak on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

lm10001 on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Take a good look at Kagan and Sotomayor first, jackass.

That’s what we can look forward to if Obama gets re-elected.

KingGold on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Now What?

Zero Economic Recovery before November 6, and possibly a double dip!

That’s what.

jaydee_007 on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Does anyone know if a tax can be passed using a continuing resolution? That is how they got Obamacare through Congress.

aduneman on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

funny, a tax that forces you to buy something something.
I’m done.
I got nothing left to lose, let them try to make me pay.

dmacleo on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

So now Obama has to defend the unpopular bill on its most unpopular aspect, there was a reason he ran from calling it a tax like a vampire does from a cross and holy water after all. In the end it was born of reconcilliation it can be killed by reconcilliation.

That being said Romney will have to talk even more about what he’ll do about health care and not just economic doom and gloom 24/7. Whether we conservatives like that or not is another matter, but at least having to do it before the election should shift his talk to the right.

Game Over, man, Game Over.

Bachmann had it right. Get a foreign passport out while you still can, this country is history.

Norwegian on June 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Ohhh, she’s just upset her opponent has eleventy billion dollars to use to run against her.

jarodea on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Maybe the only way to get this awful ruling overturned is to double down on it. As soon as the Republicans have both Congress and the White House (if they ever do again), pass all sorts of mandate taxes on anything and everything. Shove it right in the justices’ faces. Then ask: you really think this is right?

jwolf on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Can new taxes be passed with just a reconciliation vote?

talkingpoints on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Ruh roh. Good question.

petefrt on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

“Can’t be” is a phrase not in the vocabulary of the Obama administration.

Shump on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

You Obamacare supporters — do you even know the awful Pandora’s box you’ve opened up?!?

Lets say we have a new RW super majority, and they pass a tax on homosexual behavior and fund compliance police?? Well, the tax is couched as “must engage in hetero behavior or be taxed,” so that’s now “constitutional”…

What about Abortion?? Let’s pass a mandate that all births be live births, and that non-compliance will be taxed! Heck, it’s now “constitutional”…

What about guns?? A new mandate that all citizens purchase a gun, and you’ll be taxed if you don’t! Hey, it’s “constitiuional”…

All citizens must speak in Swedish and wear their underwear on the outside or be taxed, hey, it’s “contitutional”…

What about personal health choices?? The Congress CAN force you to eat your brocolli, gain or lose weight, drink or not drink whatever they want you to — they can do whatever they want to to you, without limit so long as it is a “tax”…

We live in a post-Constitutional nation…RIP America??

EasyEight on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I must have those “Impeach Earl Warren” signs in the basement somewhere, maybe I can dust them off and paint “Traitor Roberts” over the “Earl Warren”.

Roberts didn’t have to vote to uphold to control the scope of the opinion, he could have gone with the other four conservatives and killed it.

We have been sold down the river.

CatoRenasci on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Welcome to California, brought to you by a Conservative justice.

I don’t know what runs through Roberts’ mind but I don’t think he held in consideration the horrid results Obamacare will bring to every American.

Speakup on June 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Well, that is the official end of the republic.

Once again, I will argue that Mitt Romney picking supreme court justices is not going to be a big boon for conservatism. As has just been shown (repeatedly), closet progressives get past republican presidents all the time. Particularly when those presidents are progressive themselves, as self proclaimed and proudly so, by one Willard Mitt Romney.

It is the end of the Republic, how do you feel? I feel worse than I did on 9/11.

astonerii on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Roberts punted, afraid of the heat the SC would take if it threw out the act (as FOUR JUSTICES WANTED TO DO.)

So he looked for something, anything, that would allow him to keep the act.

He couldn’t find it in the Commerce Clause, so he “found” it in the taxing authority.

Try to convince me this wasn’t an outcome-based decision on the part of Roberts.

PackerBronco on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Roberts cocktail party invites dropped to nil today….

Bensonofben on June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Actually they just exploded. Liberals throw the best cocktail parties around DC, now he’ll be invited to all of them.

jarodea on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Expect the GOP to be making these arguments on the campaign trail over the next few months.

Who cares.

Mr. Arkadin on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Basically, this is a tax that you have to pay to private companies. For all of the screaming the Right did over single-payer — and for good, outcome-based reasons — at least the taxes raised to fund it would go directly to government. The Supreme Court has signed off on what is, in very practical terms, a tax levied by the insurance industry on Americans simply for existing.

From the opinion:

This process yields the essential feature of any tax: it produces at least some revenue for the Government. United States v. Kahriger, 345 U. S. 22, 28, n. 4 (1953). Indeed, the payment is expected to raise about $4 billionper year by 2017. Congressional Budget Office, Paymentsof Penalties for Being Uninsured Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Apr. 30, 2010), in Selected CBO Publications Related to Health Care Legislation,2009–2010, p. 71 (rev. 2010).

So, which is it? Is the Government being paid, or private companies?

Herald of Woe on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Whoa wait I just thought of something. If the “mandate” only survives as a “tax” then what does this do to all the Obamacare waivers? Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The phrase “You have to vote on it to see what’s in it” is slowly seeing the light of day. Now how are the unions and AARP and McDonalds going to wrap their heads around this technicality?

What goes around comes around comes to mind.

timberline on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Thank you GW Bush, once again!

kevinkristy on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Outside Alito, yes, a horrible presidency.

IR-MN on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Can new taxes be passed with just a reconciliation vote?

talkingpoints on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Whoa wait I just thought of something. If the “mandate” only survives as a “tax” then what does this do to all the Obamacare waivers? Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

We certainly need to know more.

obladioblada on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

cough cough—- blowj@b— cough cough

Kuffar on June 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Thanks, Ed…for making me feel even WORSE. I didn’t even make the connection of paying a tax to private industry for simply existing. It won’t be long before we’re taxed for not buying any of those awesome electric cars from Government Motors.

search4truth on June 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Now we win very big in November and remove Roberts from the SCOTUS.

He is a loathsome person to uphold such a crushing usurpation of our liberty.

Marcus Traianus on June 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

If most of it got passed with reconciliation, most of it can be junked with reconciliation. And the American people are on our side on this. Even if we can’t get 60 seats to repeal entirely, we can get 51 to soften the blow.

We need Romney elected this year. And we need, as an absolute minimum, to take the Senate and keep the House. Nothing else matters, people.

KingGold on June 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Roberts punted, afraid of the heat the SC would take if it threw out the act (as FOUR JUSTICES WANTED TO DO.)

So he looked for something, anything, that would allow him to keep the act.

He couldn’t find it in the Commerce Clause, so he “found” it in the taxing authority.

Try to convince me this wasn’t an outcome-based decision on the part of Roberts.

PackerBronco on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I won’t since I think that’s what happened. Those on the left who said he would side with the liberal justices because he has an inordinate fear of the loss of popular respect the court takes if it tosses out a law were correct.

Of course in this case he’s caused the court to experience it’s biggest loss of respect since Roe v. Wade.

jarodea on June 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I cannot wait for November. It will be a tsunami.

And after we win, we will FORCE Mitt and the rest of the party to REPEAL THIS HEINOUS ACT.

Rixon on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I don’t normally drink, but I think I’ll be purchasing a bottle of wine on the way home.

revolutionismyname on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

What now? America becomes a Muslim nation. Muslims are exempt from the mandate.

The Rogue Tomato on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

All you MittBots claiming we need Mitt to save us from the Supreme Court picks Obama would make….

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT ROBERTS!!!!!!!!!

lm10001 on June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m sorry, but what the hell is your point? Take a good look at Kagan and Sotomayor too, genius…Obama nominated them. We know what we’re getting from him…at least with Mitt we’d have a fighting chance at someone closer to our views.

It’s an unbelievable ruling. I can’t get over it. Guess we should pay real close attention to how things are across the pond, cause that is coming our way sooner than I would’ve expected.

changer1701 on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Run against not only Obamacare but the fact that Obama has now taxed every American, no matter their income. Obama will attempt to pass the buck to the Supreme Court, but he can’t have it both ways. The law survived because the mandate was deemed a tax. Period.

Doughboy on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

It’s the 4th of July. I forgot about the 4th. I wonder — it doesn’t matter.

Axe on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

To arms.

garnkikaloid on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Truly pathetic. I have a feeling this isn’t over…

RDE2010 on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Paying a tax to another person. Wow. This was truly awful.

I LOVE MANDATES
-Romney

El_Terrible on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Thus, Obama now represents the largest tax increase, anywhere, in recorded history.

tommyboy on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

RECONCILLIATION. As a tax this can all be done through reconcilliation and removes the filibuster threat. Senate and presidency is a must and I think this decision bolsters those chances.

Ellis on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

What do you mean “what now”?

We have a grassroots movement lying in dormancy waiting for something like this. Created for something like this.

Awake the Kraken.
Get the TEA PARTYs started nationwide.

connertown on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Well that settles it. We’re all COMMIES NOW !! Gee thanks Roberts.

Axion on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I smell a lawsuit(s) for all those waivers. There is not equal protection under the law anymore.

We must repeal this in the Congress and with a Republican President, but the SCOTUS needs to be forced to step in the messes they have created. Keep the lawsuits coming.

mwbri on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

So if this survives as a tax, how do you justify taxing some and not others. Waiveres granted to the states no longer valid? Throw it out.

Kuffar on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

As someone else already said, now the government can mandate anything as long as the punishment for not obeying is a tax.

The Rogue Tomato on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Whoa wait I just thought of something. If the “mandate” only survives as a “tax” then what does this do to all the Obamacare waivers? Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Unless the law itself says they can, as it does. Selective taxation. Taxation for breathing. Who cares if they limited the Commerce Clause, the SCOTUS just removed any restraint on the government’s awesome taxation powers.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Roberts,another gift from the progressive Bushs.

tim c on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

GET OBAMA REPLACED WITH ROMNEY NOW

Swerve22 on June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yes, go ahead and vote for the main person responsible for Obama Care, Gov. Romney! lol

cornfedbubba on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I’m going to make this very clear: anyone who uses our forums to call for violence will be banned. No warnings, no notice.

Ed Morrissey on June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

…It is the end of the Republic, how do you feel? I feel worse than I did on 9/11.

astonerii on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I may not feel worse than I did on 9/11, but it’s definitely about the same…

Corky on June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What now? Romney must be in a sweat: he’s on record to repeal this beast, while fully expecting it to be swatted down by the court. Good luck with that.

littleguy on June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I fully expect that this “tax” will be waived for certain classes of people and the difference will be made up by folks like me, high-income earners who worked their a$$es off to get here.

Rest In Peace, America. It was nice knowing you.

glockomatic on June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

If 50 million people just stop paying their taxes completely the government would go bankrupt and would be unable to enforce anything.

Flange on June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Look at the silver lining: Obama will now have to campaign on the notion that people will be taxed simply for being Americans. People do not like taxes.

Furthermore, it looks like the decision may actually be a punt till 2014 when the Mandate goes into effect, as was discussed many times.

William Teach on June 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

By calling it a tax, the whole Commerce Clause mess is dealt with, and it’s thrown back to the people, to elect a President, Senators and Representatives who will overturn the law. Roberts is a smart man, he knows the effect this ruling would have on the country, and I’m sure he also realizes it would galvanize conservatives into action to overthrow Obama and other liberals. In effect, Roberts is saying, okay, you don’t like the law, then do something about it.

WordsMatter on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

We all know that one bad action of mistake can ruin a lifetime of building a solid reputation. I think Roberts just had such a moment.
I for one, cannot wait to vote in November. If we don’t throw out this President and a significant number of his party in the House and Senate then we’re done for as a nation.
Be aware, the next administration will be appointing 2, and possibly 3, justices to the Supreme Court!

nikophil on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Unless the law itself says they can, as it does. Selective taxation. Taxation for breathing. Who cares if they limited the Commerce Clause, the SCOTUS just removed any restraint on the government’s awesome taxation powers.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

And if you dont like it , you’re getting taxed for leaving…

the_nile on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Maybe the Romney administration can take a page from Obama’s new political playbook and simply refuse to levy the tax and grant a blanket amnesty to those who elect not to pay it.

It’s certainly within his power to grant presidential pardons, isn’t it? Heh heh heh.

KingGold on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Whoa wait I just thought of something. If the “mandate” only survives as a “tax” then what does this do to all the Obamacare waivers? Federal taxes can’t be “waived”.

Weight of Glory on June 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I hope you’re right. Because I think that if some of us are going to be expected to live under this additional tax burden, then all of us should have to. Especially, since those who do not are the ones who faught so hard to enslave the rest of us.

magicbeans on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Isn’t it ironic, this poor sick Republic is about to celebrate its “independence” . . . what a joke that will be.

rplat on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

So the mandate survives as a tax, yet it isn’t subject to the Anti-injunction Act because it isn’t a tax?

Roberts twisted himself into a triple pretzel.

rbj on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Hey, fun fact:

President James Madison died on this day in 1836.

Abby Adams on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Expect the GOP to be making these arguments on the campaign trail over the next few months.

No, Ed, I firmly expect them to bend over and grab their ankles for the democrats like they always do.

CurtZHP on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

To arms.

garnkikaloid on June 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Check that.

I know how you feel, but don’t go die in the street for nothing, even metaphorically. Don’t get banned, arrested, or otherwise handled.

PS — Everyone, go check out drudge’s front page ATM. :/

Axe on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Does this mean I can pay the tax and not my medicare bill until I’m sick? Then I can rejoin until I’m feeling better and opt out again? This should really help funding!

tim c on June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

“Eat more mangoes. Or you’ll get taxed.” — New slogan from the Mango Growers’ Lobby.

glockomatic on June 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

There is going to be anger on the right, and that will translate to votes. When WaPo ran that piece saying how the right could benefit from the mandate’s upholding, commenters here were shouting “CONCERN TROLL” and such. Those people who couldn’t see the forest for the trees are fools.

This is the shot in the arm the Tea Party needs. With something to fight for, they’ll fight. This might even depress liberal turnout in November now that they think they have this in the bag.

mintycrys on June 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

What now? America becomes a Muslim nation. Muslims are exempt from the mandate.

The Rogue Tomato on June 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

And several other religions, I believe. We are all Amish now. That’s what I’m telling the IRS, anyway, except that my group doesn’t use the USPS… or phones… or computers.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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