I had a great conversation with the Legislative Director and Counsel for my Congressman today.
I was questioning the legality of the tax on Obamacare for those who elected not to buy insurance and why my Congressman was not taking action.
Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution says "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills."
The Supreme Court ruled the fine is really a tax. It did not rule on the legality of the tax.
I was under the impression that Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) was a different Bill from the Senate than the House and therefore the tax would be unconstitutional. Well I was right and wrong. I was right that the Bill from the Senate was different than what the House sent it. I was wrong that the Bill Number is the same.
I understand tweaks and changes and while it may not be illegal it is morally unethical IMHO that such a wholesale change can take place.
Here is the Bill history that ultimately became Obamacare.
1. Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009 (Introduced in House - IH)[H.R.3590.IH]
2. Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH)[H.R.3590.EH]
3. Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009 (Placed on Calendar Senate - PCS)[H.R.3590.PCS]
4. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Amendment in Senate - AS)[H.R.3590.AS]
5. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Print - PP)[H.R.3590.PP]
6. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Engrossed Amendment Senate - EAS)[H.R.3590.EAS]
7. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] - ENR)[H.R.3590.ENR]