Millennials will also bear the costs. The more than 20 new taxes in the law, aimed at today’s wealthiest citizens, will actually punish tomorrow’s middle class. Moreover, it will be our lifelong struggle to repay an inherited national debt north of $15 trillion, which will be worsened by the law’s short-run, trillion-dollar price tag and long-run bankruptcy.
Yet these consequences pale in comparison to the damage this law will do to our Constitution. We cannot measure in dollars our rich inheritance of the American design for government. A limited federal government, reserved rights for the states and protected personal liberties are our greatest treasure, and these principles hang in the balance of the Supreme Court decision.
Hadley Heath is a 24-year-old policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum.
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