If not, the government can apparently tax you into buying some.
Of course if you’ve been following the news, or even just the posts on this site, you know the Supreme Court today upheld the individual mandate of Obamacare under Congress’ power to tax, but not under the Constitution’s commerce clause.
While the news is welcome that the commerce clause has its limits, it’s very disturbing to find out that Justice Roberts believes the government can tax you into buying a product it wants you to. Never mind Obama’s promise that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate was not a tax.
While there’s lots more analysis to come, and please read Jayde’s post below for more detail and Mitt’s statement, I’m simultaneously discouraged at the Court’s ruling the government can force me to buy a product, yet encouraged to know that we can still fix the immediate problem of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate by electing Mitt and a GOP majority in the Senate. If it wasn’t your goal before, get on board, donate to the campaign and get yourself involved. See Nate’s post above this one. If you don’t, after 2012, if you can’t answer the question correctly, it may cost you.