… Of course as a technical matter, Fehrnstrom is right (and I was wrong). The individual mandate is a penalty assessed through the tax code against those who choose not to have health naurance despite massive government help in getting it through Obamacare. It is a “tax on free riders,” but not a tax on everyone. So, despite the subtleties of John Roberts’ argument, the ACA does NOT level a tax on the American people. It imposes a penalty, but it does through via Congrss’ taxing authority.
I stand corrected. Oh yeah, so does the entire Republican Party. Thanks, Mitt Romney! (Twitter folks may leave their #obamatax hashtags in the bin by the door for recycling. Thanks!)