The individual mandate was deemed constitutional by the highest court in the land today. Pete Williams, chief justice correspondent for NBC News, asked Tom Goldstein, publisher of the popular SCOTUSblog, a question that we at The Last Word have been asking for months: how does the government penalize you for not buying health insurance? In other words, what’s the penalty for not paying the penalty. Goldstein didn’t seem to have an answer.
Later, on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Williams clarified the issue by referring to a footnote in the court’s opinion. Here are both exchanges: