The Individual Mandate And Congress’ Right To Tax

Considering the high profile nature of the health care debate this quote has my vote for quote of the year. Period. Game over. No more need to wait for the rest of the year:

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act respond that the minimum coverage provision somehow ceases to be a tax because the new law does not use the word “tax” to describe it, but this distinction is utterly meaningless. Nothing in the Constitution requires Congress to use certain magic words to invoke its enumerated powers. And no precedent exists suggesting that a fully valid law somehow ceases to be constitutional because Congress gave it the wrong name.


If you haven’t already, I would very highly recommend that you follow the Center For American Progress’ recent analysis of the health care debate. Of particular note is their extremely detailed and interactive rebuttal to Judge Vinson’s recent decision.


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