Even Obamacare Website Calls the Tax Penalty a ‘Fine’ and a ‘Fee’

IRS Building. Photo by Scott S.

On June 28, 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts announced his vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate provision, siding with the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) liberal cohort to obtain a 5–4 vote in favor of the Obama administration in the now-infamous case National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.

It was a move against the pro-liberty movement that would make even Benedict Arnold say, “Wow, now that’s betrayal.”

The only thing more puzzling than the decision itself was the legal justification Roberts offered in his opinion.  According to Roberts, the reason the individual mandate is permissible is because the federal government has the authority to tax and the so-called Obamacare “fine” is actually a tax.

Virtually no legal scholars, academics, or political pundits predicted SCOTUS would come to this conclusion, and critics of the decision quickly pointed out that the ruling effectively gives the federal government the authority to force Americans to engage in or refrain from any activities the government sees fit as long as the failure to comply results in a “tax,” as opposed to a “fine,” “fee,” or some other form of punishment. READ MORE …

[Published on Breitbart]

Photo by Scott S.

Justin Haskins