Riddle me this…

OK, so someone needs to explain this to me, since UC Hasting refused to accept me as a part time law student I just don’t have what it takes to figure it out on my own.

In June the Supreme Court ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)…

Part of the ruling; the so called “individual mandate” was upheld by the court as a “tax”.

Part of the ruling indicated that the Federal Government could not force the states to expand Medicaid (so that clause was stricken).

The lack of Medicaid expansion in some states creates an insurance “gap” where “financially challenged” individuals and families will have to pay for insurance (the Federal income tax credit won’t completely pay for insurance, and certainly not in all states since insurance rates vary widely from state to state).

So riddle me this… how can the Supreme Court basically create a tax that isn’t level across all individuals in the same economic bracket across the country???  Doesn’t that by definition violate the equal protection clause of the constitution (Fourth Amendment)?

I mean come on now… isn’t it a fundamental precept that federal taxes are supposed to be uniform with no regard to what state you live in?

Someone with a degree in constitutional law is going to have to explain it to me in terms that a lay person can understand — or maybe someone is going to have to explain the constitution to the Robert’s court… it just seems like they may have been too busy walking a political tight-rope to refresh themselves on constitutional law.