All this gnashing of teeth over the SCOTUS ruling is just a bunch of political bluster and posturing. CONservatives actually welcome this ruling because it gives them something to bitch about, finally a "cause" to rally around. Let's face it. Mitt Romney is an extremely weak candidate to go into November with and the GOP hasn't had much of a platform on which to challenge Obama. They still don't but at least now they have a new mantra...."new tax"....."new tax"...."new tax"...."loss of freedom"....""loss of freedom"...."loss of freedom"...."dictator"...."dictator"...."dictator".... Over and over and over! It would behoove all the Obama bashers to take a step back and consider the long term cost to society of having a country full of so many uninsured people. Everybody I know in the healthcare profession agrees that it's vastly more expensive to society to treat people who have not had adequate preventative medicine and healthcare all along. Most of America's uninsured do get medical treatment eventually, once their conditions have reached chronic and/or emergency status. True, emergency rooms do treat indigents. Medicaid and medicare do pay for treatment of chronic conditions. This is usually very expensive, often much more expensive than it would have been to treat the condition with preventative medicine all along. Covering the uninsured and the costs to society Why is everybody so livid about what they're calling a new "tax?" The government technically over reaches all the time under the auspices of "protecting society." Look at the so called "sin tax" on alcohol and tobacco. How can the government tax substances up to 500%? Easy....their use costs "society" a LOT of money. In New Mexico (Albuquerque anyway) if you get caught driving drunk they can confiscate your vehicle....i.e. STEAL it from you. How can this be legal? What about the constitutional right to be secure in your property? Easy...DUI has been identified as a threat to society. So the Affordable Health Care law mkes good sense in the long run as far as PROTECTING society from the excessive costs of everybody having to pay for the uninsured. Insurance companies, doctors, and hospitals just pass the costs of covering uninsured people onto you in the form of higher costs and premiums. In the long run this legislation will probably lower costs and premiums for everybody and that would be good for society. You have to think LONG TERM though and all CONservatives are taking out of this is an opportunity to salivate over the 2012 elections. Nothing is going to change if Romney is elected in November. Don't believe a word of it!