Please, immediately, stop taunting on social networks about CNN and others’ SCOTUS ruling mistake and the AP getting it right. That’s not the impression we want to reflect as an organization. Let our reporting take the lead.Associated Press Central U.S. regional editor David Scott • In a memo to their reporters and editors, asking them to stop taunting other media organizations that got it wrong.
Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the opinion that reflected a 5-4 vote on whether the individual mandate is constitutional as a tax. (via usatoday)
If Roberts does end up being the fifth and deciding vote to uphold Obamacare, Bush’s Supreme Court legacy will be regarded as a failure too. His reputation among conservatives will never recover.Washington Examiner columnist Conn Carroll • Suggesting, all the way back in March, that John Roberts would be the deciding vote on health care, based on an American Bar Association survey. Called it. (ht Andrew Sullivan)
Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.The “money quote” from the individual mandate section of the health care decision, according to SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe.