Chief Justice Roberts has tossed the issue back to the people. He said: “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

He did not want SCOTUS to overturn a major piece of legislation but he did throw a few wrenches into the works. He has given opponents a powerful weapon by defining the mandate as a tax. The Democrats could never have passed Obamacare if it was called a tax. They won’t be able to stop its repeal now that SCOTUS has said it is a tax. The American people face two massive tax increases; the expiry of the Bush tax cuts and the Obamacare tax increase. It was Mr Obama who said:

If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, a quarter million dollars a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.

That’s going to go down with Bush’s:

Read my lips: no new taxes

Then Chief Justice Roberts stopped the federal government from penalizing states that opted out of the Medicare expansion. This will make it much harder to “pay” for Obamacare. GOP states will be much more out-spoken in their opposition to Obamacare, and some vulnerable Democrat states might join the cause.

The Obama administration relied on the commerce clause to justify the mandate. Chief Justice Roberts pulled that rug out from under their feet.

Obama’s base would have energized and railing against SCOTUS had it lost. But it won and it is relieved. Not the GOP, and not the 2010 Tea Party activists; they are fired up and seeking revenge.

Best yet, Chief Justice Roberts completely destroyed the Obama election campaign strategy. He put Obamacare front and center in the election campaign and he linked it to much higher taxes.

I’m starting to like what happened today: Obamacare survived, but it is severely weakened and an easier target for repeal. It is up to us, the People, to kill it off in November.