IDrownFish of the Seven Seas wrote:
From what I'm hearing from news outlets, the White House's team got this through by arguing that the mandate was a tax, not a requirement for somebody to buy healthcare. Which makes sense, as the Constitution grants Congress the almost unlimited power to tax the public.
Which apparently is ironic as President Obama argued that it wasn't a tax, but it being a tax is what upheld it....
In other news, the Stolen Valor law criminalizing lying about your military service/awards was struck down as unconstitutional. Also, no one will give a shit about the Holder contempt vote scheduled for today.
I am slightly bothered by this ruling, but I'm not educated on what's "constitutional" as only things that you don't like seem to be "unconstitutional".