If I lived in Virginia . . . December 23, 2010

Ah. I suppose if I lived in Virginia, I could stop paying my Social Security (also known as OASDI and FICA) tax. That’s ‘insurance’ too. [Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance] And it’s a regressive tax that falls mainly on middle and lower income people. If this decision is upheld but my application of it is not, the only third alternative is that the “public option,” which we rightly rejected, I thought, may be the only constitutional way of imposing an insurance requirement. That would be singularly unfortunate.

BTW, my wife, who remains a Republican, has found one feature of Obamacare she likes: the privilege of young people being on their parents’ plan until age 26. Well, as we know, 26 is the new 18 anyway.

Related: “Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law” by Kevin Sack at NyTimes.com

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