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In a 42-page opinion issued in Richmond, Va., Judge [Henry E.] Hudson wrote that the law’s central requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The insurance mandate is central to the law’s mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured because insurers argue that only by requiring healthy people to have policies can they afford to treat those with expensive chronic conditions. ... A major question, therefore, has been whether the income tax penalties levied against those who do not obtain health insurance are designed to regulate “activity” or, as Virginia’s solicitor general, E. Duncan Getchell Jr., has argued, “inactivity” that is beyond Congress’ reach.
If you haven't tried The New York Times's Budget Puzzle yet, give it a shot. It's a quick interactive exercise that lets you make all the hard decisions (or easy, politically unpopular decisions, as the case may be) to see if you can come up with a combination of cuts and taxes that balance the books.
Here's my solution. Fifty-seven percent of my savings came from tax increases (I returned the estate tax to Clinton-era levels and instituted a carbon tax, among other things) and 43 percent came from spending cuts (I cut military spending everywhere I could).