Oh, no, the One insisted, the individual mandate indenturing Americans to private insurance companies, is not a tax. That’s a scurrilous charge being leveled by nasty people.
Except it is a tax. So sayeth the One’s administration:
When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.
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.
Under the legislation signed by President Obama in March, most Americans will have to maintain “minimum essential coverage” starting in 2014. Many people will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay premiums.
In a brief defending the law, the Justice Department says the requirement for people to carry insurance or pay the penalty is “a valid exercise” of Congress’s power to impose taxes.
Remember the One’s promise: no new taxes on anyone but the “rich”.
Guess what? He lied. Straight up. He lied. His own administration says so.
How’s that hope and change working out for you?
Did you hope to be sold to an insurance company? You have been.
Get registered and vote for repeal of this monstrous betrayal of America.