Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court could have ruled in favor of the mandate based on the Commerce Clause. That they didn't do so preserves at least some hope that there are limits to what the federal government can and can't do.
Obama 'wins'... but only by raising taxes on people he claimed he would never raise taxes on... and by imposing a tax he claimed wasn't a tax. I'm not sure how, but I would bet both of these angles get featured in GOP ads this fall. Being portrayed as either clueless and/or a liar can't help him maintain his likeability ratings (and without those ratings, what reason is there for undecided voters to give him another four years?)
And I don't think public dislike of the mandate is going to dissipate because Roberts decided to call it a tax. Tomato, tomato, the public didn't like the idea of being forced to do something they didn't want to do... and I figure it doesn't much matter to them how the mandate is justified.