Justice Roberts was right

By D.A. Sharpe | Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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As a committed Republican, I wish to say a good word for Chief Justice John Roberts.

Justice Roberts has engineered a masterful set of decisions for the Supreme Court on the Affordable Medical Care Act. Most of the cries from the Republican side are covered with disappointment and anger. This should not be the case.

In good Republican fashion, Justice Roberts’ opinion for the majority in this 5-4 decision has established these firm understandings:

1. No mandates may be made under the 14th Amendment commerce clause. Mandates for the people to have to purchase a service or goods is unconstitutional.

2. The only way the federal government may generate revenue in this act is as a tax, a matter subject to modification or elimination by the Congress, should the voting public make those choices of people in Congress.

3. It is unconstitutional for the federal government to coerce states not participating in the Medicaid expansions of the Act by holding back federal funds for other purposes, such as highways or educational funds.

Justice Roberts solidified states’ rights by limiting the ability of the federal government to bully the states and gave clear light to the fact that the Act’s expanded costs can only be paid by a tax.

I believe this is a most masterful result from the Supreme Court that bodes well for the Republican candidates and causes in the November general election.

D.A. Sharpe

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