Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the liberals on the SC in upholding the Obamacare individual mandate. In doing so, he declared a non-tax to be a tax:
The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part. The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax.
For years we have been told by Republicans that we need to elect a Republican president so he can appoint conservatives to the SC. Thanks Republicans, for electing George W. Bush so he could appoint John Roberts. Thanks a lot.