A federal judge from Texas deeming Obamacare unconstitutional was a step forward for the improvement of American healthcare, believes Roger L. Simon of PJ Media. This decision correctly understands that forcing people to buy Obamacare cannot be classified as a tax. The legislation that put it in place was highly complicated and poorly thought through. It would be better to go with a free market solution from here onwards rather than any top-down, socialist-style plan. This is an opportunity for Republicans to show that they can do better, by providing a healthcare plan that works for all without forcing anything upon anyone.
The Texas judge that ruled Obamacare to be unconstitutional did so under a highly flawed premise, asserts Nicholas Bagley of The Washington Post. He argued that Obamacare’s mandate that people buy it, which comes without a penalty since Republicans eliminated it, was somehow coercive. This is not the case, and the judge seems to be motivated by partisan opinions rather than by loyalty to the rule of law. The Supreme Court sided with Obamacare, and the judge’s case that it is unconstitutional is even weaker than it could have been before the GOP removed fines for those who don’t sign up. There is no solid legal basis for this verdict.