This ruling confirms what Americans have been saying for months: The health spending bill is a massive overreach
–Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.)
Never before has Congress required that everyone buy a product from a private company (essentially for life) just for being alive and residing in the United States…
…Congress could require that everyone above a certain income threshold buy a General Motors automobile—now partially government-owned—because those who do not buy GM cars (or those who buy foreign cars) are adversely impacting commerce and a taxpayer-subsidized business.
—Judge Roger Vinson, US District Court, North Florida District, Pensacola: quoted via WSJ
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
—The Federalist No. 51, quoted by Judge Vinson at the outset of his decision: The Federalist