wtf, did you even read the post that you're knee-jerking about? I never made an argument about the merits of the ACA, so how can it be "wrong"?
In fact, your explanation of how you think the ACA works is an almost exact representation of my own example on how Apple can be forced to comply. You are in essence making the exact same observation I made, but are somehow blaming me for making an argument I never actually made.
Let me water it down for you to make it simpler for you to understand:
The federal government can levy a tax in one of two ways: First, via a bill passed by Congress and signed by the President, establishing a new tax by law. There is now SCOTUS-settled precedent that individuals can be compelled to act a certain way or they "lose their tax deduction". That's how the ACA works. You get taxed but then are given a reprieve if you take specific action, although it's quite a bit more complicated than that. Since this has now been confirmed by SCOTUS as a legitimate form of taxation, it's plausible to have such a law drafted to compel all radiotelephone manufacturers - including Apple - to comply, and it could happen especially if Congress were to pass a bill without actually reading the bill first (this, incidentally, also has precedence connected to the ACA). Second, by executive order unilaterally signed by the President enacting regulation enacting "fees" on any regulated activity. A phone is a radio, and radios are regulated by the FCC. A simple order requiring "any radiotelephone that utilizes encryption must contain a device or method capable of allowing the government to decrypt any information stored therein" could be enacted without the approval of Congress, with the tax/fee/penalty for noncompliance being anything the President wanted. That could happen tomorrow.
The whole point of my post had nothing to do with the ACA (that was just used as an example of how easy it would be to get support from SCOTUS if it was ever challenged that high), but it had everything to do with how Apple can actually be forced to comply. Apple doesn't have to be explicitly named, either. Hooray for liberty.