There is a lot of crazy stuff on the airwaves regarding the Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans are viciously attacking the ruling because it introduces a new "tax" on people who don't have coverage. As I and many others have stressed, this tax is a free-rider penalty. It is a personal responsibility fee for not saddling the rest of us with your health care costs, thereby imposing an implicit tax on the rest of us. And it hits 1-2% of the population. You thought personal responsibility was supposed to be a conservative value? Not, apparently, when the dreaded tax word is invoked. I get it: silliness pervades in an election year... but really? Taxes happen in societies -- and according to a Supreme Court justice from a saner time, they're "the price we pay for a civilized society."