July 5, 2012
White House: 'The Supreme Court did not rule that Obamacare is a tax'Topics: Political News and commentaries
The White House continues to deny and wish away reality - ignoring the fact that not only did the Supreme Court rule that Obamacare is a tax ... but also that the WH's own counsel vehemently argued before the court that it was a tax (on page 52 of its brief submitted to the Court on the Obamacare case, the administration said unequivocally that the mandate will function "as a tax law").
Via Joel Gehrke at The Examiner:
President Obama's spokesman denied that the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate is a tax, as he combated the idea that the president has raised taxes on the middle class.In other words, the Court did indeed say that what the WH now chooses to call a "penalty" ... is a tax.
"[I]t is simply a fallacy to say that this is a broad-based tax," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. "That's not what the opinion stated that was authored by the Chief Justice. The Affordable Care Act is constitutional under Congress's taxing authority, but this is clearly a penalty that affects less than one percent of the American population."
Carney added, "Look, it's a penalty," when reporters pressed him about the court's ruling.
But the Supreme Court did rule that the individual mandate is a tax. "[T]he shared responsibility mandate may for constitutional purposes be considered a tax, not a penalty," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his controversial majority opinion upholding the law. "[I]t is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance," Roberts concluded.
Carney said that such a requirement is effectively voluntary. "[I]t is a penalty you only pay as a matter of choice, if you're in that 1 percent and you can afford health insurance but choose not to," he said.
And what Carney and his boss are also ignoring ... is the fact that the "penalty" that is actually a tax - isn't the only tax in Obamacare that Americans are hit with: There are at least 21 other taxes, as well.
Here, FBN's Tracy Byrnes breaks down how new taxes under the new health-care law will impact your wallet.
full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes, Listed by Size of Tax Hike ... but it doesn't include the $500,000,000,000 dollars that will be gutted from Medicare.
Posted by Hyscience at July 5, 2012 2:12 PM
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