60 Second Scoops – Art Kelly –7/3/2012Michael Patrick Leahy of
Chief Justice John Roberts’ odd decision to call the individual mandate in Obamacare a “tax” has made the law a violation of Article 1, Section 7, of the Constitution, which requires, “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
The only thing aboutht e bill that originated in the House was the bill number, H. R. 3590, as every word in the bill was transformed through a Senate amendment.
Not one word of the law actually originated in the House of Representatives, including the penalty for not purchasing health insurance.
When HR 3590 came back to the House after having been made totally different by amendment, no one argued that it violated the constitutional requirement that tax bills originate in the House because it was not considered a tax bill.
But Roberts’ edict makes the law vulnerable to new judicial challenges.
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