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Letters: ‘Obamacare’ mandate not a tax

Posted: July 8, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2012 1:30 a.m.

The Constitution creates three branches of government: legislative (House of Representatives and Senate), executive and judicial.

Each House member is elected from a small district. Senators are elected by the entire state; the president is elected by the nation; and members of the judiciary are political appointees.

Thus, members of the House are the closest to the people they represent. That is why the writers of the Constitution wisely provided: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”

The legislation creating Obamacare was not treated as a revenue (tax) bill in the House or Senate when passed, or by the president when he signed the bill. In fact, everyone associated with its passage insisted it was not a tax bill.

The bill nowhere mentions taxes. No member of the judiciary branch of the government, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, has the constitutional authority to create a tax.

So Chief Justice Roberts has simply run amok by declaring the Obamacare mandate to be a tax. He should know better. Unfortunately, he didn’t.


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