(Public Affairs, 2013), President Barack Obama, accomplished what Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, LBJ, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton failed to accomplish - a law that reformed how Americans are insured to pay for medical services.Blackman recently addressed the Philadelphia chapter of the Federalist Society about the constitutionality of the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare.The Intrastate Commerce Act could save individual health insurance policy holders from Obamacare and its many problems.Obamacare is expensive because of thousands of pages of regulations.He then wrote, “that the individual mandate must be construed as imposing a tax on those who do not have health insurance.” This curious conclusion ruled that Obamacare was constitutional because a mandate acts like a tax and is therefore a tax and the federal government has the right to tax.
"There are many unprecedented things about the ACA," Blackman said. It is novel in that it was the first time Congress forced Americans to buy a product.
They were so certain that the conservative majority in the Court would rule against Obama.
"In order to save the law from being struck down, the Chief Justice changed it from a requirement to purchase insurance to a tax," Black said.
With his pen and his phone, and hearkening to Woodrow Wilson’s progressive view of government, he’s been taking out his frustrations with the checks and balances that inhibit his ability to “fundamentally transform” the country.
But a lack of congressional acquiescence hasn’t stopped this president.