"In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax."So the question remains...what kind of precedent has this set? Now that Congress can tax Americans for making a choice not to purchase something, what's next? What other "choices" can we be taxed on?
"The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. The federal government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance."
Also, this is the first time I've ever heard of being taxed for something that does not exist, does not have a value. We pay property taxes on property we own, taxes on goods we receive, taxes on income we receive, but since when are we taxed for things we do not have?