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ObamaCare Mandate Not A Tax, Until It Is

By Da King Published: June 19, 2010

Way back in the before times, nine months ago, you may recall President Obama saying the health care reform provision requiring all Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine was not a tax. Here's one such discussion the Prez had with ABC's George Stephanopolous:

That's what Obama said then, when he was attempting to pass ObamaCare.

Here is what the Obama administration is saying now, when it is attempting to defend ObamaCare against legal challenges. This is classic. From the American Spectator:

Late last night, the Obama Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss the Florida-based lawsuit against the health care law, arguing that the court lacks jurisdiction and that the State of Florida and fellow plaintiffs haven't presented a claim for which the court can grant relief. To bolster its case, the DOJ cited the Anti-Injunction Act, which restricts courts from interfering with the government's ability to collect taxes.

The Act, according to a DOJ memo supporting the motion to dismiss, says that "no suit for the purpose of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax shall be maintained in any court by any person, whether or not such person is the person against whom such tax was assessed." The memo goes on to say that it makes no difference whether the disputed payment is called a "tax" or "penalty," because either way, it's "assessed and collected in the same manner" by the Internal Revenue Service.

Thus, the Obama administration's official position is....the health care mandate isn't a tax, until it is a tax.

That's transparency, folks. If it seems less than honest, it's only because Obama graduated from Harvard, and you non-elites (little people) just can't understand his high-level, elitist

sophistry thinking.

And don't bother to get out your Mirriam-Webster dictionaries to look up the meaning of the word 'tax.' As the Prez also says, "words matter"..... but only until they don't.

Btw, didn't the President promise not raise ANY taxes on the middle class ? I seem to recall something like that......

"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." - Barack Obama

I wonder how Mirriam-Webster defines the word 'hypocrite' ?



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