John Roberts wants you to eat your broccoli. If you don’t, Congress just might tax you; and that’s fine with him. The Supreme Court decision wasn’t about the quality of the legislation — a point plainly stated by the chief justice in the majority opinion’s opening paragraph. Instead, the ruling’s core addressed a simple, but fundamental constitutional question: how much power should the federal government have to compel an individual’s personal behavior? The court’s answer: lots.
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