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Tom Miller: The healthcare law fight isn’t over June 29, 2012

On Thursday, an unusual Supreme Court majority of “one” — Chief JusticeJohn G. Roberts Jr.— found that the healthcare law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional under the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. But, surprise, the mandate is constitutional as a tax.

This strange reasoning, not fully embraced even by the four concurring justices, handed judicial conservatives the most recent in a long parade of disappointments. No matter how controversial, contradictory and complex the ruling is, it represents a major legal victory for the Obamaadministration and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act.

Roberts closed the open-ended commerce clause door to sweeping federal regulatory authority over just about anything. This is something conservatives could have embraced — had he not then opened an even wider door that expanded the taxing powers of Congress.

Continue reading at the Los Angeles Times…