Posted 5 years ago on July 1, 2012, 7:28 a.m. EST by JoeTheFarmer
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The Supreme Court ruled that it is OK for the federal government to force a person to purchase a product (the mandate) because the penalty for not making the purchase is a tax and the congress has the power to tax in order to raise revenue. This in itself flies in the face of what our constitution stands for, namely individual freedom and liberty.
The real tragedy is that the mandate will hurt those just above the poverty line more than anyone. These are the folks that are not poor enough to qualify for medicaid and not wealthy enough to afford to purchase insurance. These are the folks that do not work full time for an employer that pays their benefits. These are the folks that will pay the tax and gamble on the health instead since the tax is cheaper than the cost of insurance.
It IS a tax on the lower and lower middle class. It does nothing to help them take care of their health issues.