No regrets: Indiana’s attorney general stand by health care case

June 29, 2012
Written by Bill McCleery,

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller expressed surprise and disappointment today at the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama’s health care overhaul.

The fact the court found the law constitutional based on the government’s taxing authority, Zoeller said, contradicts promises by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders that penalties imposed against those who do not purchase healthcare insurance amount to taxation.

“I think there will be a passionate response to that finding,” Zoeller said. “I will be very interested in hearing the response to the courts having found that it is a tax and that (Obama and congressional leaders) have misled the American people.”

Zoeller was one of the attorneys general from 26 states who argued against the federal healthcare law’s inclusion of an individual mandate requiring that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance.


Under the law, those who make no arrangement to purchase healthcare insurance are fined $685 on their federal tax forms. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the healthcare law’s constitutionality by defining the penalty as a tax.


“The federal judge in Florida before whom we argued would not allow the argument of the taxing authority to be raised because both the president and the Congress told the American public that it was not a tax,” Zoeller said. “At the Supreme Court level, there was the argument regarding the taxing authority on the first day.”


Many of those on both sides of the debate had assumed arguments would hinge on the Constitution’s commerce clause, not federal taxing power.


In a panel discussion at the National Press Club, Zoeller recalled, he once said the only way the healthcare legislation might be upheld would be on the basis of taxing authority. He ultimately doubted it would come down to that issue, however.


Zoeller expressed hope that those on all sides would remain polite in their discussions of the court’s decision.


“I would encourage everyone to maintain civility and respect for the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said, “whether you agree or disagree with the court’s opinion.”

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25 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • tryscavage says:

    It ALL has to do with professor salaries. ALL of it.

  • capa760 says:

    There are a few more surprises by Comrade Obama, In your Obamacare
    Scam (as Obama’s Accomplice calls this scheme a SCAM). It has been recommended that the American citizens realize that there is a “Pay Back Clause in the OBAMACARE SCAM”, which calls for the “Payback confiscation of all assets of a citizen’s estate by the U.S. Government on those Seniors who had medical health help with their care.” If you hadn’t noticed the Scam of raising the costs of this Communist scheme, which keeps rising each year, seemingly to pay for Obama’s three or four luxury homes for His underground government to kill our real Patriotic American President. It is time for a real American ingenuity of U.S. Healthcare, Americans deserve from our government. No hidden Communist Agendas of Hate, Envy, or Anti-American TREASON. No Nazi Experiments as Obama praises His childhood hero, Hitler. Read his book and gain incite on him.

  • Bobbi says:

    Everybody hang in there and VOTE for TRUMP.. He’s gonna dump Obamacare as soon as he takes office…. YAAAAAAAA

  • TeaPartyPatriot says:


    Vote in November.

    The TRUMP and NEWT vs The TRAMP and Pocahontas

    Use this, Pass it on and Pizz Off some D’genrates


  • TeaPartyPatriot says:


    Vote in November


  • TeaPartyPatriot says:


    Vote in November


  • E Swisher says:

    If, in fact this is a tax, then are the “payees” not paying for their healthcare premiums by default and entitled to healthcare coverage under “Obamacare”? All the hoopla about Ferguson, MO and many other jurisdictions making people pay high fines that the recipients can not afford…not much difference.

  • tarbella says:

    What they have lost is compassion for others and instead of being good stewards, they have become greedy and little dictators. They are taking the wrong road toward freedom. This is really sad, as Christ said, ” they know not what they are doing.”

  • a_farmer_now says:

    It’s always fascinating to see how the ideologically conservative mind functions. In 1988 a law was passed that stipulated that no one can be turned away from a hospital when in need of medical attention. This includes those without insurance or an ability to pay. As a member of the board of a local hospital, I’m cognizant of the many millions of dollars expended in treating those who fall into this category. I also sympathize with and respect the position of those who are against being forced to acquire insurance, even when everyone else in the paying system pays for their care. However, those of the no pay persuasion generally don’t respect my position ….which is ..I want the option to let those without insurance..lie outside the emergency room and die on the gurney, et al… …. I want to repeal the 1988 law.. Let’s see how many ” i don’t want to be forced to pay insurance” folks are left.

  • Abel says:

    Career Politicians claim to be public servants. In a way I guess that maybe they are, under a loose interpretation. The fact is that the Career Politicians have not been SERVING the public, they have been SERVICING the public like a Bull, and the public seems to have developed the complacency and intellect of a cow. The Bull puts out a lot of unconstitutional BS, and the cows have to wade through it up to their butts, and it just keeps getting deeper. Career Politicians and Political Correctness are the two things that can destroy our country unless we can get the Bull off our backs or make a fine meal of his mountain oysters.

  • dmttbt says:

    While everyone wants to talk about things constitutionalized let’s have the supreme court be elected and only serve for 4 years and not life. That is somewhat of a royal position to say you can serve as long as you live.

  • Mike O'Mara says:

    Lets find and execute everyone who voted for Obama care and use the terms of the Obama death panels to euthanize them. There is nothing legitimate in Obama or Obamacare. Certainly nothing honest or even acceptable about how it was inflicted on America.
    It’s time for all of you to read “Rules For Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. Obama is obsessed with it and so is Hillary Rotten Clinton. Step number one in Alinsky’s guide to establishing a socialist state is to take control of healthcare and thereby control the people. Isn’t it funny that Obama who taught the Alinsky method in college picked healthcare as his first takeover. The other steps are just as involved in his coup. Poverty makes people dependent on government. Unsustainable levels of debt allow you to increase taxes. People will complain but they will “understand”. This increases poverty levels even more. The unease of the population makes gun control a big issue of the new socialist state. They want to be sure the people have no way to defend their rights. Those rights are gone. Tell people the government will protect them. Give welfare to as many as possible because that makes them even more dependent on government. Control all education and you control what your subjects think so control the schools and the media and you control thought. Eliminate God from as many of your subjects as possible. This leaves them with nothing but government to look to for aid. Lastly is Class warfare. Segregate your subjects by obvious differences so they can identify some as enemies. Economic issues are held up to make the poor the enemy of those with resources. The poor are more easily controlled and can be used to support you against those they see as rich. They will serve as your shock troops. Your bullet catchers. Then the enlightened socialist will rape the citizens of whatever they have left and move on to another country and start the whole process again. Do you recognize any (or all) of these steps?

    1. tarbella says:

      Mike, I have tried for 8 years now to get people to read, “Rules for Radicals,” because it gives you a complete showing of what these people are doing and why, but many won’t read it and still wonder why so and so did that or why they don’t do that instead. Its easy to find out why if they just read 5 pages of it…. http:/

    2. Kanawah says:

      Mike O’Mara.
      You are one loony bird.
      Obama is one of the best presidents we have ever had.
      the ACA is the second best piece of legislation out of congress in over 50 years, behind Medicare.

  • dad666 says:

    The Supreme Court has either lost their collective minds or have sucumbed to obamanomics. They do not have the authority to redefine the terminology of a LAW as written. The ACA was passed containing PENLTIES not taxes. By redefining the penalties as taxes they have rewritten the law. They do not have the authority to change law only ro review its constitutionality. They have severely exceeded their authority and should all be removed especialy Roberts. I would love to know what they were promised in exchange for breaking their sworn oaths??? Or maybe we sould be made privy to the threats that were issued.

    1. California70 says:

      The Supreme Court has succumbed to Socialism.
      Remember: Carl Marx was a socialist, and Hitler in Germany was a Socialist.
      What about Socialism, do you NOT understand?

      1. Kanawah says:

        Socialism is the only to go forward.
        Anything else is totalitarianism, which is far worse than socialism..

  • WiSe GuY says:

    What would they do if no-one signed up?

    1. dad666 says:

      isn’t that what’s happening now??? If the enrolement continues at its current pace theIRS will be very busy trying to collet penalties and the Dumocraps will be looking for very deep holes come November. Half the Dumbo’s that posed with Obozzo for the signing of this abortion have already resigned or have refused to run for reelection come November. Rats off a sinking ship.

      1. Neal says:

        Why should they run for reelection? They got the best retirement our tax dollars can buy!

    2. Wingedgodd3ss says:

      Illegals are being signed up- I think that’s why we are seeing a surge.

      1. Wingedgodd3ss says:

        And you know they aren’t paying for it…just tax payers.

    3. joe says:

      If no one signed up for obamacare, the IRS would collect $685 (minimum) from each one of the approximately 122,000,000 tax payers, resulting in an extra $83,570,000,000.00 collected with NO EFFORT on the part of the Fed. Now I realize that 83 billion dollars is less than pocket change for the politicians and their bureaucrats but still it’s a pretty big hit on us Americans and I would like to point out two facts:
      1. $685.00 (minimum fine) is a big chunk of change for the most of us
      2. Money represents power.
      The Federal government is a malevolent entity whose sole raison d’être is growth and it is populated by politicians whose sole purpose is the accumulation of personal power.
      The politicians lust after power above all else, and they will say and do **anything** to obtain/maintain power.
      They think that they are royalty and they act as if they were.

  • TVBALDWIN says:

    I cannot fathom how a penalty determined to be tax that was neither approved by the House of Representatives or intended to be a tax could be determined as Constitutional. I am very Saddened by the Courts decision and would really like someone to explain their logic and rationale.

    1. California70 says:

      Here is the logic. They are an ACTIVIST Court. We are, as a people, suppose to impeach activist judges per the documents of the Founding Fathers! Otherwise we cannot keep our Republic. Simple enough to understand?

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