Chief Justice John Roberts and his liberal confederates used extra-constitutional means to push through Obamacare. Where the law was purported and passed as a mandate, the majority on the Supreme Court rewrote as a tax.
Barack Obama and the democrats were adamant that the individual mandate was not a tax. The Constitution specifically states that all bills of revenue must originate in the House of Representatives; not the Supreme Court.
This is the worst form of judicial activism we’ve witnessed in a long time. The dissenting justices are correct in their summation:
“[T]o say that the Individual Mandate merely imposes a tax is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it,” the dissenters — Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy — wrote, adding that “legislators must weigh the need for the tax against the terrible price they might pay at their next election.” He then suggested that Congress intentionally avoided passing the mandate as a tax in an effort to avoid that election disaster. “We have no doubt that Congress knew precisely what it was doing when it rejected an earlier version of this legislation that imposed a tax instead of a requirement-with-penalty.”
The Chief Justice acted like a super-legislator. I’m sure the D.C. cocktail circuit will sing his praises.