what are people's thoughts on the decision? specifically, is anyone worried about the decision's implications on federal power. the opinion that congress can tax a non-action basically sets the stage for limitless federal reach into the lives of private citizens. for those that like the healthcare law, consider these scenarios:
congress passes a law that says that everyone must own a gun (statistics show there is a reduction in crime in open carry states therefore police forces can be reduced which saves money for the general good) or pay a tax for not owning a gun.
housing sales stimulate the economy and provide for multiple jobs across a variety of industries, so congress passes a law that requires everyone who is financially capable (info provided from tax filings) to own at least one house or pay a tax of equal value each year to not own a house
how about this one, you must buy an american car (again, helps the economy therefore the general good) or pay a tax if you don't own one.
you get the point. basically, the stage has been set to grant the authority to congress to tax us on not doing a particular behavior.