The Supreme Court upheld the Constitution's separation of powers by not overruling a health care bill that doesn't limit freedom. No one ever had the freedom to opt out of health care. It would be unconscionable to withhold lifesaving treatment from someone without insurance. While a universal “mandate” forcing everyone to pay for some level of insurance would limit your freedom to get something for nothing, this wasn't a goal of the American Revolution. The court said the federal government isn't authorized to force everyone to buy insurance by the Commerce Clause.
The court also realized that in spite of the emotionally charged “mandate” terminology, the health care act no more forces you to buy insurance than the child tax credit forces you to breed. In 2016 when the health insurance mandate is fully phased in, you'll be able to reduce your annual tax burden by up to $700 by paying for health insurance, compared to your tax burden if you don't obtain health insurance (with some restrictions). In 2011, you can reduce your tax burden by up to $1,000 per child by paying to raise a child, compared to your tax burden without a child (with some restrictions).
The bill is flawed, but let's keep things in perspective so we can improve it. Fortunately, that power still lies with our representatives rather than the unelected judiciary.
Aaron Johnson, Norman