The core principle that validated Obamacare Constitutionally is that Congress has the broad power to create incentives and disincentives via taxation.
According to the opinion, the Courts have long held that Congress has very broad latitude to decide what to tax and what to incentivize-- to encourage some behaviors and discourage others.
How then can my fellow Conservatives complain then that health insurance is now another market that Congress is trying to manipulate?
Did we complain about hefty tobacco taxes that discourage smoking? No, because many of us don't smoke. We don't mind the gov't picking winners and losers when we are the winners.
Did we complain about tax deduction for mortgage interest? No, because many of us have mortgages and like to pay lower taxes. We don't mind punishing those who rent and making them pay more tax.
Did we complain about a child tax credit? No, because most of us have kids and like to pay lower taxes. We don't mind punishing those who are infertile or choose not to have kids.
Nor to we seem to mind punishing those who don't have a blind person in the house or donate to charity or put money into an IRA-- all conditions that lead to lower taxation.
But we Conservatives raise all kinds of stink with ethanol subsidies or "Green Energy" boondoggles.
The point is that we can't have it both ways. We can't enjoy the personal benefits of being a "winner" the government has picked because we do a subsidized act or own a subsidized thing, only to turn around and complain about being a loser because the government has picked different "winners."
We should support economic freedom, which means getting the government completely out of the market-distortion business. That means funding the government through a tax system that contains no credits or deductions, nor penalties.
This absence of deduction or credit is far more important than whether the tax is progressive or flat, or levied against income vs. consumption in terms of burdening the economy with market distortions.
Interestingly enough, Obama's own Bowles-Simpson Commission recommended stepping in that very direction, advising a tax policy of "lower the rate, broaden the base." Of course, the President ignored his own debt commission, but that was its recommendation.
We must summon the courage of our convictions and oppose government meddling in the marketplace-- even when we benefit from that meddling.