Judge Napolitano: The Supreme Court Ruled With Generations to Come in Mind
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Affordable Care Act. He confessed to Shepard Smith on Fox Report that he wasn’t expecting this outcome, saying, “This was a bizarre and unique combination of a conservative chief justice and the four liberals finding a way to have the law held as constitutional, that even the law and even those who wrote it didn’t say.”
He explained that Congress’s power to regulate is limited, but the power to tax is practically unlimited. The judge continued on, “Who would have thought that this whole big 2,700-page statute was really a tax.
Not a regulation of commerce, not a regulation of medicine, not a regulation of health care, but a tax on people.”
Smith asked the judge what this means for the Supreme Court historically speaking. Judge Napolitano assessed, “The Court thinks like the Vatican does. It doesn’t think in terms of the present problem. It thinks of how generations later, even centuries later, lawyers and judges obviously as yet unborn will look back on this day and ascertain their intellectual honesty.”