But, the insurance premiums won’t be affordable for so many people.
Lack of jobs, lack of well paying jobs, foreclosures, homelessness, inability to make mortgage payments, lack of food…….and now the people have to pay monthly health insurance premiums? And not all states will be offering Medicaid to low income adults. How will that mom who makes $12 more per year than the qualifying poverty level for low income housing, food stamps, children’s Medicaid, daycare assistance, etc. be able to do this? Will she live in a cardboard box so she can afford to pay for health insurance?
If SCOTUS is relying on the provision of Congress’ power to tax to make this appear to be Constitutional, then the premiums should come out of a worker’s taxes.
The Obamacare fine is a penalty, not a tax. Just as not owning auto insurance for your car comes with a penalty if you’re caught without it…you don’t have to pay a higher tax as a fine when you buy retail goods because you didn’t buy auto insurance and you don’t have to pay a tax fine to the state when you get tags.
“The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause,” Roberts wrote. “That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.”