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If Obamacare is Constitutional then....
The Court's holding on Obamacare's constitutionality was praised by many on the left, yet they may not be aware of the full implications. The holding was that under the commerce clause the bill was unconstitutional, but under the taxing power of Congress it passed the test. Can you imagine any other scenarios where such a precedent might have an effect? What if Congress passed a small tax on letters to the editor. Now clearly restricting free speech is unconstitutional, but what about a small tax? The Court just ruled that a small tax is within Congress's power when a direct mandate was not.
Democrats hold the White House and the Senate today, but someday the Republicans may hold all the elective branches of government again. What else could they tax? What about an abortion tax? What about a gay tax? What about a tax on people who speak out against the war? Why wouldn't such a law be ruled as constitutional under the same legal theory that the Court found Obamacare to be constitutional?
Did the Court just open a can of worms?