Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
Roberts made the right call, there's nothing in Article I Section 8 that prevents Congress from levying taxes to pay for the general welfare. In fact, that's exactly what it says word for word. If Americans don't want to pay for that tax, they can easily replace their reps. (As Roberts noted)
I understand the mechanics but Obama signed the bill. Without his signature, it wasn't law. Therefore he was 1/2 the equation. Furthermore he openly campaigned on it in 2012 and was re-elected. If Romney was elected, he could submit budgets that don't include funding for Obamacare and only the Senate would be able to block it. (Too bad the Dems had full control in 2010 when the abortion happened)
This is a reasonable point of view -- except for the last sentence in parentheses, there.
Again, Democrats had almost no options since the Republican Party refused to cooperate in any formation of a Romneycare-esque overhaul of the American healthcare system. So, since the Dems were unable to sacrifice a single Democratic vote, had to make sure that 100% of the on-the-fence Dems would be protected for supporting the law.
American businesses were one of many organizations that the Dems turned to. One of the areas businesses put their foot down on was that they did not want to have to provide healthcare coverage on a per capita basis. They preferred to have it applied in this arbitrary 50+ employee basis -- simply because it affected very few of them.
But the application of that rule will have wide consequences, and it's simply poor policy. It needs to be repaired.