This is likely news to most people because at no point did the Obama administration mention a tax — until, that is, administration lawyers argued before the high court. Then suddenly, the mandate was a tax and of course Congress has the authority to tax the people.
Never mentioning the word “tax” and focusing on the Commerce Clause was smart strategy. But it was also deceitful and dishonest. This lesson is the most important to emerge from the ruling.
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