They are and fall under completely different set of rules. I believe you'll see that the house passed a bill, which the senate rejected and tabled. Then the senate wrote their own bill, (all secretly) passed it and sent it down to the house. ('you must pass the bill to see what's in it' pelosi HR) The modified house bill was completely changed from an IRS bill to the ACA. Close... but out of line.
But when I gave the idea to one with the means to promote the idea in congress.. Though this does have merit.... I was told 'We (The GOP) will get more votes and fanfare by going on the 'He lied and gave the lower and middle class the largest Tax in the history of the world'. And a feather in our caps it will be... when they repeal it here on the 11th. They will then be able to send it up to the senate and because of the different rules (tax law) it can not be filibustered and every dem will be put under the gun via their vote... just before the elections. Politics.
And then this:
This may have been Chief Justice Roberts exact intention. By holding that it is only Constitutional if levied as a tax, he has hewed to the Hamiltonian interpretation of the General Welfare clause, as stated above. In other words, the FDR/New Deal mode of government remains intact.
Except of course for the small detail that the entire argument while the measure was being passed that it was not a tax, in any way, shape, or form. And of course, it originated in the Senate and White House, not the House of Representatives.
This makes it an illegally-passed “revenue bill”, which legally cannot be collected. That is, until it goes back to the House to be rewritten and passed correctly.
What Roberts did here was say to the Administration and its cronies in the legislature, “Go back to Square One and start over. Or else.”
The “or else” being that while they have a Draconian law on the books (which is one of their big dreams and no doubt gives them a near “O” just thinking about it), they cannot enforce it as it is. Because doing so would violate other Constitutional provisions, and the U.S. Code.
The hilarious thing is that neither celebrating liberals, or conservatives who want to tar and feather Roberts, realize just what a colossal defeat this is for Obama & Co.
zero said he would never raise taxes on the middle class- and passes the largest tax increase in world history. He has been shown up for the lying, conniving, cynical con artist, narcissist, and megalomaniac he is.
And it has happened less than six months before the election.