Chief Justice Roberts' opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act, coupled with his rejection of limits on campaign contributions, is completely consistent with his history as a servant of America's corporate oligarchy.
The battle over the Affordable Care Act is the best example of Republicans using fear to scare Americans away from the real facts, with breathlessly hyped misinformation, not labeled as such in conservative media.
The public, as ignorant of the specifics of the Affordable Care Act as ever, can be forgiven for believing Republicans that this decision is "the biggest tax hike in history." But that is actually an outright lie.
But, the truth need be told: The law was hatched in the Heritage Foundation, a Republican think-tank, and first enacted by Mitt Romney, a Republican Governor. How do Democrats show more bipartisanship than by enacting the other side's law?
By labeling the mandate a tax, the Supreme Court gave the Republicans powerful ammunition for the Presidential campaign. It is a safe bet that Romney will take every opportunity to demonize the healthcare law as a vehicle for more taxation.
The Supreme Court held up the individual mandate of the ACA as a constitutionally valid exercise of Congress's taxing power. The "mandate" is not a requirement that you do anything. Stripped of labels, the only "mandate" is to pay your tax bill.
The style of Roberts' decision is significant.One senses a Chief Justice taking seriously his responsibility to address the nation as whole, rather than just the courts or the conservative lecture circuit.
Justice Roberts surprised us all by joining the four "liberal" members of the Court to uphold almost all of Obama(Romney)care. Now the Republicans are going to be talking about the "individual mandate" continually between now and November 6.