Why is it so hard to believe?
When it was first voted on MOST conservatives (Read GOP/Fox News) said it's totally legal. Mitt Romney said in 2010 that the mandate was totally legal. It was when it was challenged that most of the pundits began an orchestrated campaign to over whelm the air waves with the "it's illegal mantra".
What stunned me was Roberts writing saying it was in essence a tax and the government had the authority to tax without challenge. ?That was an interesting legal twist and downplayed by the Obama legal team during their arguments before the SCOTUS. Apparently it hit home with Roberts.
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