Get Ready for Mandatory Gym Membership, America!

Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts’s ObamaCare decision, Save Jerseyans, it may no longer matter how broadly the Commerce Clause is construed by jurists, scholars and legislators.

As of last Thursday, the U.S. Congress can regulate interstate commerce by imposing “taxes” on both acts and omissions via the suddenly-unrestrained federal taxing power. The real difference in layman’s terms? Until now, federal taxpayers might earn a deduction for owning a home or having X number of children; you also might be indirectly taxed for doing something like buying cigarettes. Now, Congress can tax you for NOT owning a home, having children, or buying Y amount of vitamins. Or failing to purchase health insurance.

Electing Mitt Romney and a Republican U.S. Senate may be our only hope to avoid some of this decision’s logical extensions, Save Jerseyans.

Like mandated gym membership.

Mark my words! It’s next, though I’m loathe to say it for fear of giving these jerks any ideas. Currently, you might be able to deduct the cost of a gym membership if a doctor prescribes it for specific medical reasons. Now you won’t necessarily be required to join the gym… but you will have to pay a “tax” if you don’t sign up. Michelle Obama’s health initiative is likely be the agent of this latest anti-liberty atrocity.

Start stocking up on sweat socks, head bands, elastic shorts and iTunes credits, Save Jerseyans. And never say you weren’t warned!

 

Matt Rooney

Matt Rooney

Save Jersey’s Founder and Blogger-in-Chief, Matt Rooney is a widely-respected New Jersey political commentator, practicing attorney at the law firm of DeMichele & DeMichele in Haddon Heights, and a graduate of the Rutgers Camden School of Law.

54 Comments

  1. I go to the gym daily ,and I do see people who go once a week or even once a month …just owning a membership is meaningless if you don't use it ….so a "fat" tax would be better …your taxed on your BMI (body mass index)…now that would be a sight to behold

  2. And if that happens (God forbid), and the people elect a republican senate, there's always that pesky little filibuster handy for the Dems to use. Kind of like the way the obstructionist republicans in the minority use it now. And, they would only have to use it until 2014 when it would be nearly impossible to repeal ACA after that. Obama 2012!!

      • Yes…and don't forget, the majority changes from time to time, which is why the Nuclear option is not viable….for either side.

  3. For those of you who are on Medicare, read the following. It's short, but

    important and you probably haven't heard about it in the Mainstream News:

    "The per person Medicare Insurance Premium will increase from the present

    Monthly Fee of $96.40, rising to:

    $104.20 in 2012

    $120.20 in 2013

    And

    $247.00 in 2014."

    These are Provisions incorporated in the Obamacare Legislation, purposely

    delayed so as not to confuse the 2012 Re-Election Campaigns. Send this to

    all Seniors that you know, so the y will know who's throwing the m under the

    bus.

    • In the last few years, the standard monthly premiums for Medicare Part B have been set as follows:

      2009:$96.40

      2010:$110.50

      New Medicare premium rates come out each fall and take effect in January. Medicare beneficiaries as a group are required to pay one-fourth the cost of running Medicare, and annual premiums are set at a figure calculated to achieve that level of revenue, issued in May 2011, those projected premiums are:

      2013:$110.50

      2014:$115.80

      2015:$120.80

      2016:$126.00

      2017:$132.70

      2018:$140.30

      2019: $148.40

      2020:$158.60

  4. michelle will mandate a salad bar in every living room if she can swing it. Lord help us!

  5. after peeking around at last night's 4th of July celebrations in Philly, i am convinced there's a massive portion of the US population that is so chronically obese that a mandatory gym membership might be the best way to protect the rest of us from paying for our nation's diabetes bill.I don't wanna pay for other people's gluttony. I'd rather pay for their fitness if given the chance.

    • Yes, I'm all about "preventive" medicine. That includes not letting yourself get wildly out-of-shape. But you keep beating around the constitutional bush on this one, Jay: does Congress have the power to tax ANYTHING by calling it a penalty? Said another way, can Congress compel any behavior by allowing us to "pay" our way out of having to do it?

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