Obamacare mandate – Then: “It’s NOT a tax!” and Now: “It’s a tax!”
During the debate over obamacare, our dear comrade leader claimed that the “individual mandate,” where everyone would be forced to purchase health insurance if not provided by their employer, was not a tax. According to this opinion piece, that was then and this is now:
Under ObamaCare, most Americans will have to maintain “minimum essential” health care coverage starting in 2014.
But while Congress was working on the health care legislation, Mr. Obama refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax. “I absolutely reject that notion,” he said emphatically.
Why? Because Mr. Obama was loathe to admit he’d massively violated his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on anyone but the rich, presumably.
In keeping with that approach, even though Congress anticipated a constitutional challenge to the bill and listed in the legislation 10 detailed arguments seeking to show a delegated power to extend the individual mandate, at no point did the drafters cite the taxing power as a source of authority for what they were doing.
Yet The New York Times reported July 16 that, “The Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s ‘power to lay and collect taxes.’ Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.”
Oh, so before this massive boot-to-the-face was passed, the mandate was not a tax. Now, when it is being challenged in court, they cite the government’s taxing authority as a defence. In other words, they want it both ways to seize power over the health care system. How conveeeenient. Here’s the money quote:
One of two things is true, here.
Either the mandate is a tax, as the Obama Justice Department now asserts in court, and President Barack Obama lied to the American people — loudly, firmly, repeatedly, as he worked to get this massive federal power grab enacted — or else Barack Obama was telling the truth last year, the penalty is not a tax, and the Justice Department (directly answerable to the president) is lying in court today when it asserts no one can challenge the mandate because it falls under the wide-ranging “taxing authority” … that it’s a tax.
Someone’s lying: either Barack Obama or Barack Obama