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Socialized Medicine Is Here to Stay

Written By: Laurence M. Vance  |  Posted: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The Supreme Court heard 65 cases this term, but waited until the very end of the term to issue its ruling in the case regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare.

The main issue was the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" that every American not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or health insurance must purchase health insurance by January 1, 2014, or pay a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of one's income, whichever is greater. The penalty rises to $695 or 2.5 percent of one's income in 2016.

The Court did not rule that the "individual mandate" was constitutional because Congress has power under the Commerce Clause to require that everyone purchase health insurance (the government's primary argument). Rather, it ruled that that the "individual mandate" was constitutional because Congress has power to impose a tax on those who refuse to purchase health insurance (the government's alternative argument).

According to Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion in the 5-4 decision,

Read more on this at The Future of Freedom Foundation

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