I have been thinking about this. As a result of today's decision that the individual mandate is a tax, the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate is more likely to survive SCOTUS review.Read the rest.
Why, you say?
Because now that SCOTUS has turned the law on its head and declared it a tax, it undercuts objections to the HHS mandate.
Now the Obama administration can make the argument that you don't have to buy a healthcare policy, if you object on religious or any other grounds, fine. Just pay the tax. Not a penalty, a tax. As we all know, there are no recognized religious objections to paying your taxes. If this merely a tax now, there is no reason to object to it.
I fear he's right. Catholic businesses wouldn't be "fined" or "penalized" for being Catholic, just "taxed." The amount of the tax would put most Catholic charitable organizations out of business, but that wouldn't matter.
But so long as we're willing to buy the idea that Congress has the right to tax individuals and groups for failing to purchase something, we're going to be stuck with this assault on our freedom.