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John Roberts’ Rules of Meddling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

John Roberts’ Rules of Meddling
Jacob Sullum, Reason
Last week supporters and opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act anxiously awaited the Supreme Court's ruling on the law's individual health insurance mandate. Imagine their surprise when the Court announced, in a majority opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, that there is no individual health insurance mandate.Rather than a “penalty” imposed on anyone who “fails to comply” with the “requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage,” which is how the law itself describes the policy, Roberts perceived a “tax” that hinges…

Obama’s Subsidies: Private Profit, Public Risk
Tim Carney, DC Examiner
President Obama, picking up where President Bush left off, is quietly expanding the federal government's role as the financier of America's economy.A top Obama export official told reporters recently that the administration is preparing “a paper” to lay out when the U.S. government can use export-subsidy programs to promote even domestic sales.

Re-Electing Obama Means Higher Taxes
Grover Norquist, Wash Times
It's official: Obamacare is Obamatax. The Supreme Court saved Obamacare but at the expense of exposing it as simply a massive collection of taxes – 20 taxes at least. Obamacare was supposed to reduce the cost of health insurance but it has six taxes on Americans who already have health insurance. Your insurance will cost more to pay Mr. Obama's tax hikes.Obamacare was supposed to "bend the cost curve down" but it has a tax on medical devices. What medical devices? Braces for your kids. A stent for your heart. A wheelchair. All the cool stuff you see in hospitals…