I'm trying to avoid blogging about US politics because Canada's crisis of democracy is so much more important to me But I have to admit to being completely surprised that the SCOTUS didn't find the "individual mandate" (wherein: "people who have no employer-provided health plan, and no other kind of coverage, fail to buy a policy for themselves and their families .... will be socked with a bill by the IRS, and while the Obama administration and supporters of the act in Congress were at pains to say that the payment such people would be hit with would be a fine, the Justices in the majority were adamant that it would be a tax.") unconstitutional.
After a few minutes though I decided that both Repug and Dem politicians are errand boys for US capitalism. John Roberts decided that the massive revenue increase that the individual mandate means for the health insurance industry is more important than the concept of government regulation of industry. (And, obviously, the independence and freedom of US citizens has counted for shit, especially for the last two [p]residents of the White House.)
It's also a testimony to how innocuous the regulatory apparatus of Obamacare is that the SCOTUS passed it.