July 02, 2012

ObamaCare Rulings Victory for the Left?

Supporters of President Obama’s health care law may be incorrectly reading the Supreme Court’s ruling as a full-fledged victory. Although, the individual mandate was upheld—it was only upheld on the premise that it is a tax and consequently may be vulnerable to legal challenge in the near future. Michael F. Cannon of CATO further alleges:
“…The ruling severely limited the Obama health law’s Medicaid expansion, effectively giving states the green light to refuse to expand their Medicaid programs. Coupled with the fact that the statute already enables states to block the other half-trillion dollars of new entitlement spending, the law is in a very precarious position. 
"Second, the Court ruled 5-4 that the individual mandate is not a legitimate use of the Commerce Power. That too is a defeat for the government, even if it is of no immediate consequence.”