The Court of Appeals sits six blocks from the Senate, which committed the legislative legerdemain of pretending to merely amend a House bill while originating a new one. Across the street from the Senate sits the Supreme Court, where this case may be headed.
Two years ago, the Supreme Court saved the ACA by declaring its penalty to be a tax. It thereby doomed the ACA as an unconstitutional violation of the origination clause.
Make you a bet, George. The same judicial system that found that the individual mandate “penalty” was a tax, despite the government’s protestations that it was no such thing, will find some way to equally creatively find that what the Supreme Court previously found was a tax was not, in fact, a tax, and therefore the origination clause does not apply.
We no longer live in a constitutional republic, George. Haven’t you figured that out yet?
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