The ONE person to blame for Obamacare (Outside of Obama himself)...Submitted by pawnstorm12 on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 04:43
Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
If Roberts had agreed with his fellow conservative judges on the court, and ruled it a PENALTY or a FINE instead of a TAX, he would have ended it right there.
Even as bad as taxes can be, at least we GET something for our taxes (police, fire fighters, national defense, roads, infrastructure, postal service etc).
But if you don't buy health insurance, you pay a PENALTY and you don't get anything for it (to my knowledge).
Which makes it a PENALTY not a TAX - even though it's enforced by the IRS.
Roberts could have single-handedly stopped Obamacare in its tracks that day and it would have been end of subject.
Was Roberts possibly bought off or threatened? Because the vote was 5 to 4 along ideologic lines with Roberts being the only "conservative" agreeing with the 4 liberal judges.
If he had ruled it a penalty, Obamacare would be dead and neither congress nor Obama could have done a thing about it.
So outside of Obama himself, (who was the architect of government-run health care), John Roberts is the single biggest offender in my opinion.
~~~Here is why this was such an awful decision...
A TAX is ALWAYS a consequence of a POSITIVE action by a human ie: You BUY or SELL something (Sales tax), or you USE something (User tax), or you EARN something (Income tax), or you OWN something (Property tax).
All of these are POSITIVE actions which cause a taxable event.
But Roberts (and the other 5 traitorous judges) have ruled that by simply EXISTING, you can be TAXED for a NON-ACTION (or a NEGATIVE)!
Do you realize the gravity of such power by a government?
Now we all know that you can be FINED for a non-action (ie; crossing a bridge WITHOUT paying a toll, NOT buying car insurance if you drive, NOT paying your income taxes, hunting and NOT buying a license etc).
Roberts has turned personal liberty ON ITS HEAD by saying that just by virtue of existing as a human, you are subject to a tax!
It opens the door for the government to force us to do anything else they deem necessary at some point.
That was one of the most damaging rulings ever made and the full consequences of it can only be imagined at this point.