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Don't Call It ObamaCare, Call It the ObamaTax!

As you probably know by now, the United States Supreme Court issues released its health care ruling today in the case of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." Here's a link to the full text of the Supreme Court's health care decision (requires Adobe; replaces link to decision at MSNBC website).

After the ruling was released, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) issued a press release saying the ruling gutted the "Constitution's taxing-power limits," and suggesting it "will ignite (a) new taxpayer revolt." The press release included the following:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision marks a terribly dark day not only for health care freedom, but taxpayer freedom as well,” said NTU President Duane Parde. “The federal government has been given a whole new license to wield harsh powers over all Americans’ pocketbooks for any of a number of reasons, limited only to the imagination of bureaucrats. The Court has unleashed a threat to the rights and well-being of taxpayers which, unless beaten back by the people themselves, could eventually devour our country’s very economic fiber.”

"Parde noted that limitations inherent to the Constitution’s Commerce Clause had already been left in tatters by previous Supreme Court rulings, leaving citizens vulnerable to government expansion in many areas of everyday life. However, by relying on the taxing powers clause of the Constitution for cover to uphold the law, Chief Justice Roberts has, in Parde’s words, “opened a Pandora’s box of federal policies that could prey on taxpayers virtually unimpeded.” One potential silver lining, however, is the possibility that the Court’s blurring of the distinction between taxes and fees might force states and localities to revisit many of their exactions, some of which could be subjected to “supermajority” approval requirements or other safeguards.

"NTU has immediately begun planning for several activities in opposition to both the health care law and the Supreme Court ruling, including a new grassroots push to obtain full repeal of the law before its worst taxing elements take effect in the coming years, a potential class-action suit on behalf of injured taxpayers, and a stepped-up strategy to obtain passage of tax and expenditure limitations in the U.S. Constitution.

"Parde predicted that far from settling the question of the health care law’s legitimacy, the Supreme Court’s ruling will only ignite a new taxpayer revolt of unprecedented strength and depth."

NTU concluded their press release saying:

“Now is the time for the legislative branch to do its job in preventing an unaffordable and unworkable law from moving forward,” Parde concluded. “Congress must act to repeal Obamacare immediately and press the ‘reset’ button on debates over reforming our health system. Our leaders must also work to reestablish and strengthen constitutional boundaries on federal taxing, spending, and borrowing powers. Taxpayers deserve a limited government.”

Remember, the general election is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. As posted at Arlington County's Office of Voter Registration website, the "General Election for the electors for President and Vice President and for the offices of U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives (8th District), County Board, and School Board (two seats). The ballot will also include a Special Election for to amendments to the Constitution of Virginia and several local bond referendum questions. The voter registration deadline for this election is Monday, Oct. 15." (emphases added and in the original)

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