Thursday, December 16, 2010

Judge Invalidates Required Health Insurance

A federal district court invalidated the provision that citizens are required to buy health insurance, on penalty of a fine. SCOTUSblog article. NYtimes readers' comments.

The question for the court is, may the federal government transfer its taxing power to private business interests?

Usually the transfer of wealth to favored industries is done slightly less obviously: the government levies a tax, then forgives part of it if you buy what the favored industry sells. You aren’t required to buy it, but you pay more tax if you don’t.

Linda Greenhouse wrote an excellent analysis of the judge's decision.

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