Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Simple Truth of the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

Earlier I discussed the constitutionality of what is commonly known as Obamacare. I went into how it violated religious beliefs and was unconstitutional because of that reason. The Supreme Court, however, has ruled Obamacare unconstitutional for an entirely different reason. They say that congress doesn't have the power to regulate commerce between the states and their citizens. It ruled that Obamacare was only constitutional as a tax. Congress decided it was, but continued to tell the public it wasn't a tax. Despite the fact that the Supreme Court said Obamacare had to be a tax, they didn't remember an important part of the constitution. The constitution says that all bills for raising revenue must originate in the house. This means that all taxes must start in the house. Obamacare, however, started in the Senate. This makes it unconstitutional unless the house raises the issue and gets a bill originating in the house passed that does the same thing. The issue is going back to the Supreme Court for discussion, so people might want to hold out on buying insurance through Obamacare. Don't worry, you have until march to get it without penalties and the Supreme Court will have heard the case by then. The message: don't purchase Obamacare until the Supreme Court has heard the case to see whether or not it is constitutional. 

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