Just as surprising as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’s vote to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision is the tortuous reasoning used to support it. Roberts’s landmark decision gives Congress a powerful new tool for using taxes to regulate behavior.

John S. Hoff is a healthcare lawyer and policy analyst in Washington, D.C. He was an official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001–2009.
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