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Obamacare’s mandate really is a tax — with a penalty
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Whether Chief Justice John Roberts was trying to protect the U.S. Supreme Court from political attack or really believed in what he was doing, he held that the penalty for not buying health insurance was a tax and therefore Obamacare has a constitutional basis. I say ‘yes’ to the premise and ‘no’ to the conclusion. Mandated purchase of a commodity is itself a tax.

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