My gut reaction so far....
Disappointing, but who is really surprised? I guess I shouldn't be. Is it Constitutional for the Federal government to force the public to buy a service or a product, or be punished if you don't? And then call it a tax? This is already being done and will continue to be done as long as the "progressive" left dominates both parties and the entire federal government. Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt set up the Social Security Administration, the public has been forcibly taxed for a social welfare program. Since Lyndon Baines Johnson set up Medicare and Medicaid, the public has been forcibly taxed for a medical social welfare program. Since the Federal government some time ago decided to allow millions of illegal immigrants into this country and gave them free healthcare and educations, the public has been forcibly taxed to provide these services for them. States have been bankrupted by the herculean effort to provide. I am sure there are more examples, but those are the ones that instantly come to mind.
Another aspect of this entire scene struck me today and that is Ruth Bader Ginsburg's age. Now that SCOTUS has brought forth this appalling decision, she can step down and Obama can replace her with someone equally Socialist "Progressive" on the court. This takes Romney's options for Supreme Court nominations off the table, unless one of the others dies or becomes incapacitated. Not that Romney would be any guarantee of anything when you realize that GW Bush appointed Justice Roberts who gave the deciding vote on this. I am wondering where is the store where they sell the sheep's clothing for these people.
Yet another aspect of this is the short term boon that insurance companies will gain....that is BEFORE they are overwhelmed and go belly up after which the Feds bail them out and take over all of it. Truth is, the Feds have just taken over all of our health care, but the insurance companies are temporarily the middleman. If it isn't repealed, we'll just have to see how that goes.
Then there is the fine. (tax?) I see a correlation in this to the light bulb ban, believe it or not. The incandescent bulb was banned, but the replacement for it was a more expensive, inferior product benefiting light bulb producers such as GE. Even though the fine doesn't exist, you are forced to purchase what GE produces....just like you are forced to buy what the insurance companies and the government collude to produce in health care policies. Is this fascism?
As Obama has already said, this Obamacare monster is just a stepping stone to the real goal and that is single payer.
1776 was 236 years ago. Evidently the blood that was spilled and the fortunes lost to gain and preserve freedom for Americans was all for naught. Incrementally, deliberately, and ever so insidiously, over a hundred years now, our Constitutional freedoms have been frittered away in small bits and large chunks. Today's SCOTUS decision is one of those large chunks.
The early Patriots threw the tea in the harbor to show their disgust with the taxing powers of the King of England. How do you throw your health care into the harbor? You can't. How do you throw your retirement in the harbor? You can't.
If Roberts is right, that the entire question relies on the taxing power of Congress, this country better have an epiphany on Congress. Yes. Was that his strategy, as some are suggesting today? Did Roberts give us an out? No one knows. But it goes beyond Congress, in my humble opinion. The policies of the Socialist left have permeated Congress and both parties, yes. But it is the President in these situations who drove the Socialist goal home. It was FDR, LBJ, and now BHO who have set the stage and signed Americans into slavery, taxing for Socialist goals. When a President of the United States not only fails to uphold the Constitution, but creates a monster such as these Socialist programs are, I can't help but wonder how deep the flaws go that an anti-Constitutional person swears to uphold the Constitution when taking office, but then turns around and trashes that very Constitution, trashing the freedoms we are guaranteed. When Congress puts a bill in front of the President to sign that is un-Constitutional, when does the President veto it? When is it treason? When is it impeachable? When? Evidently never, according to SCOTUS.
This Obamacare Socialist healthcare system will fail all of us. At for the Nov. election, I am expecting massive voter fraud, thousands of illegals voting, and no way out in November. If Romney wins, we can hope that Romney will do everything he can to repeal it, that Congress will repeal it. But by then, how much of it is already implemented? The only slightly viable possible avenue out of this Obamacare debacle may be "nullification" by the States.