While listening to the coverage on the upholding of Obamacare, a healthcare law so bad that Congress made sure it didn’t apply to them, I noticed something interesting that has the potential to be huge. By a large majority, I believe 7-2, the court said that the federal government could not use the threat of witholding some or all of a state’s Medicaid funding as a means of pressuring the state to expand its Medicaid as per Obamacare. If this principle is applied across the board the effect could be a sea change in the relationship between the states and the federal government. In defiance of the separation of power between the states and the federal government that the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution the Feds in recent decades have used the threat of witholding state’s money to force the states to do things that the Feds could not legally force them to do. Standardizing speed limits, drinking ages, etc. are but a few examples. If this principle is broadly applied the states could regain a level of power and independence not seen in the living memory of the vast majority of voters.