Trump Talks Health Care
How does Donald Trump feel about the Supreme Court’s decision? It’s Greta’s must-see interview, tonight at 10p/1a ET.
In his column, Judge Napolitano wrote about the ruling and the opinion that the individual mandate is constitutional as a tax:
The reasoning underlying the five to four majority opinion is the court’s unprecedented pronouncement that Congress’ power to tax is unlimited. The majority held that the extraction of thousands of dollars per year by the IRS from individuals who do not have health insurance is not a fine, not a punishment, not a payment for government-provided health insurance, not a shared responsibility — all of which the statute says it is — but rather is an inducement in the form of a tax.
The majority likened this tax to the federal taxes on tobacco and gasoline, which, it held, are imposed not only to generate revenue but also to discourage smoking and driving. The statute is more than 2,400 pages in length, and it establishes the federal micromanagement of about 16 percent of the national economy. And the court justified it constitutionally by calling it a tax.