The justices rejected two of the administration’s three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts said.
So what are we taxing? A sales tax taxes sales, an income tax taxes income, a property tax taxes property…all of which are things that if we don’t do, we don’t incur the tax.
But does the ObamaCare / Health Care Tax tax health care? No, we are told, it taxes you. Either pay the tax, or get fined.
This isn’t a tax. Let’s get our terms straight. This is tribute — enforced and exacted payment.