Individual Mandate in Obamacare IS a Tax After All

22 Jul

This is classic Obama bait and switch, and I’m sure it will make it’s way into the debates this November, and again in 2012 (go to 5:00 mark for the denial by Obama).  Obama and Democrats denied for months that when Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, that they were creating a new tax.

George Stephanopolous interviewed Obama and asked him about whether the individual mandate was a tax.

Stephanopoulos:  “But you reject that it’s a tax increase?”

Obama:  “I absolutely reject that notion.”

But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

Is anyone surprised?

Even the NY Times ran a story on this.

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