Following the Supreme Court Decision to uphold the Obamacare aka Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, there are many Conservatives criticizing the Supreme Court,via Twitter and other social media sites.
They shouldn't be.
As Chief Justice Roberts stated in the ruling, the Supreme Court follows a rule that "It is well established that if a statute has two possible meanings, one of which violates the Constitution, courts should adopt the meaning that does not do so."
The individual mandate which has now been ruled to be a tax increase on every American family, belongs to Barack Obama and Democrats.
Though the challengers mostly lost on Thursday, the court did affirm one of their basic arguments: that Congress can't use its powers to regulate interstate commerce to require people to buy insurance. Chief Justice Roberts said the government's arguments on this point would fundamentally change "the relation between the citizen and the federal government."
The majority upheld the insurance mandate on other grounds. The chief justice wrote that the penalty's "practical characteristics pass muster as a tax under our narrowest interpretations of the taxing power." He said a person who does not wish to carry health insurance is left with a "lawful choice to do or not do a certain act, so long as he is willing to pay a tax levied on that choice."
The full 193 page Supreme Court Obamacare decision can be read HERE.
Reactions, including 400K in campaign contributions to Mitt Romney since the decision was rendered less than three hours ago, the RNC web ad, "The Final Verdict" and other tidbits, can be found HERE.
Don't call it a mandate — it's a tax.... and the Supreme Court did not tax the American people with the largest tax increase in history, Barack Obama and Democrats did.
[Update] Mitt Romney is already using this line of thought in his response to the Supreme Court ruling: Bottom line- “If we want to replace Obamacare, we have to replace Obama,” he said.