The essence of Roberts’s ruling was:
- “The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part,” Roberts wrote.
- “The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it.”
- But “it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but (who) choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.”
So that’s how CNN (and maybe others) got duped into blowing their initial call on Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling! Robert’s majority opinion starts out sounding for all the world as if they’ve decided to overturn the individual mandate. But then suddenly switches things up, and declares it’s actually upheld under a different interpretation. So it’s like …. “We overturned it, but — actually, we didn’t! PSYCH!!”