Letter: Roberts' decision has backed President Obama into a corner


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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 11, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Everybody won with that decision.
    For the life of me I cannot understand why anybody believe some sort of healthcare system is bad. The greatest allies of the United States have state run healthcare and it works better than they failed system in the US.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    People need to obey the law.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    I'm going to do something strange and agree with Rush Limbaugh. Who cares if it's a tax? Tax, fee, penalty, they're all the same thing. Nothing changed about the law (at least not the mandate part of it) before and after the decision by the court. There's still the same 100ish dollar unenforcable (seriously, the bill says that neither criminal nor civil penalties can be brought against people for not paying the fine/fee/tax/penalty even the IRS cannot use its normal measures to collect unpaid taxes) fee that is to raise money to cover for emergency room expenses used by the uninsured who before Obamacare were passing on huge bills to the responsible taxpayers who have insurance. It's a very conservative philosophy really, that's probably why it originated in the Heritage Foundation, was the republican response to Hillarycare, and was trumpeted by Romney as recently as early 2009 (in an op-ed he wrote) as encouraging personal responsibility.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    You forget one little problem... Romney passed the mandate too and Romney claims to not have increased taxes. So Romney can't say that Obama increased taxes (in fact one of his top advisors Fernstrehm (totally spelled that wrong) said it's a penalty not a tax) without saying he himself increased taxes too.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 10, 2012 4:55 p.m.

    Stretching really hard to spin it, aren't you?

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Here we go again. Welcome to the one percent club. Why do so many object to a "tax penalty" on free loaders who do not want to pay for reasonable health insurance? What is the real deal here, when it affects perhaps one or two percent of the population. Much like protecting tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, we should rather focus on issues that affect the vast majority.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 10, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Oh no, my friend, there is another option. We can move forward toward health care in this country, and re elect the President.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    If Obama is in a corner over the SCOTUS' holding that ACA is constitutional, how much tighter a corner is Mitt Romney in, who is the father of the individual mandate?

    Every time Romney tries to distinguish his Mass. health care law from the ACA, he looks more and more foolish and/or desperate.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    July 10, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Backed into a corner from which it will be much harder to be re-elected? Meaning the fact that John Roberts called it a tax will changed the minds of a significant number of voters? Enough voters to change the current trajectory of the election. Hardly..the mandate is a mandate call it a cabbage and it's still a mandate. People all ready have an opinion about a mandate and changing the name won't change anyones opinion.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 10, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    Repubs lost Demos won. That's it. There isn't any "victory" in the repubs loss. Just like how there wouldn't be any victory for the Demos had the repubs won and overturned Obamacare.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    July 10, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    Just as Ron wanted Obamacare overturned, he will now wait for Obama to be defeated at the polls. I hope you are ready for another surprise Ron.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    July 10, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    Way to put a silver lining on a stunning defeat.