DID SCOTUS JUST ALLOW A TAX ONLY ON PEOPLE TOO POOR TO BUY A SPECIFIC SERVICE?
The way I understand this, SCOTUS just allowed the administration to raise taxes on those who can least afford it.
The very poor and lower middle class, the 25-30 million un(der)employed who cannot afford to buy insurance (like myself) will now be taxed if they do not. Which they also cannot afford. And by ruling the states do not have to form low cost exchanges, give these people no affordable way to comply with the law even if they wanted to.
Meanwhile, the very wealthy, moderately wealthy, middle class and up ARE EXEMPT FROM PAYING THE TAX if they simply buy health insurance.
That's some weird class warfare going on there. I'd like to see OWS and Friends protest that. That their beloved Prez and hero of the poor just stuck it to the very people they claim to be championing and let the ones they are protesting off the hook.
Or maybe I'm missing something as well.
PASTORIUS CUTTING IN:
MR has a great point here, and this sets up an interesting conundrum for the Supreme Court, and even more specifically on the Liberals and Leftists of America. Because they have colluded in handing down a law with which they all will be compelled, eventually, to disagree.
If the tax is not applied to all, and if it is, therefore, applied only to those who are not wealthy enough to buy insurance themselves, then this is, essentially, a tax on poor people.
Additionally, I don't think people can be compelled to pay a tax on something they didn't do.