Supreme Court justices voice their opinions in the health care ruling

Published: Thursday, June 28 2012 4:25 p.m. MDT

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Ideological leaning: Conservative
Home State: New York
Born: 1936
Appointed: 1986 by Ronald Reagan
Individual Mandate decision: Against

Why he voted against it (from the dissenting opinion)

"Congress could have defined “tax” for purposes of that statute (the minimum coverage provision) in such fashion as to exclude some exactions that in fact are “taxes.” It might have prescribed, for example, that a particular exercise of the taxing power “shall not be regarded as a tax for purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act.” But there is no such prescription here. What the Government would have us believe in these cases is that the very same textual indications that show this is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act show that it is a tax under the Constitution. That carries verbal wizardry too far, deep into the forbidden land of the sophists."

* Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of Baltimore School of Law Thursday, April 24, 2008, in Baltimore.
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