SCOTUS: ObamaCare Is A Middle-Class Tax Hike

Above, President Obama explains why ObamaCare’s “individual mandate” is absolutely, positively NOT a tax.

But when President Obama’s lawyers went to the SCOTUS, he insisted that the mandate in fact IS a tax.

Today the Supreme Court shot down “I’m talking to the voters” Obama and upheld “I’m talking to the judges” Obama. The individual mandate is absolutely, positively a tax.

Here’s the key part of the Supreme Court opinion:

"The Federal Government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. Section 5000A would therefore be unconstitutional if read as a command. The Federal Government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance. Section 5000A is therefore constitutional, because it can reasonably be read as a tax."

Which makes ObamaCare the biggest tax hike in American history.  Congratulations, Obama!

It’s a tax on middle class Americans who don’t have health insurance, who are self-employed, who have high-deductible policies ObamaCare doesn’t allow anymore.

I can’t wait to watch President Obama on the campaign trail celebrating his huge tax hike. I can’t wait to watch him answer the question “Why did you keep telling us over and over that the mandate ISN’T a tax?”

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney will be able to run against both taxes AND the unpopular ObamaCare plan.  Every time Romney says “ObamaCare,” he’ll be able to say “middle-class tax hike,” and he’ll have the Obama campaign agreeing with him!

I wish John Roberts had voted with Justice Kennedy (yikes!) and struck this mess down.  But this ruling has handed Mitt Romney the first-ever attack ad certified by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I've been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don't know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population... I stand corrected: These data won't be available at all. Ever.-- Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View.