However you feel about Obamacare, today was an excellent day for our system of government.
John Roberts did his job. The question before him was not whether or not he liked Obamacare, whether this was the law he would have written, but whether this law that Congress passed and the President signed is constitutional.
He found that it is, under Congress’ power to tax.
Back on March 26, I wrote that this might be the outcome, based on Roberts’ stance during oral arguments. Opponents of the individual mandate had sought to distinguish the mandate itself from the fine (or tax) that would be assessed, and Roberts rejected that distinction as ridiculous.
Roberts is getting a ton of grief from his fellow conservatives, but our Founding Fathers would be proud. He did the right thing for the Court and the country. I’ll be mad at him again, I’m sure, but today he has my respect and admiration.
Those of you who read my pieces know that I would have taken a different approach to health care reform from Obamacare, but I have never doubted that it is constitutional. So I celebrate this result.