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.