After Supreme Court loss, GOP focuses on Obama’s claim mandate is ‘absolutely not a tax increase’by George Bennett | June 28th, 2012
Stung by today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the individual mandate and most of the federal health care law, Republicans are trying to salvage some political gain by noting President Obama‘s past insistence that the mandate “is absolutely not a tax increase.”
While Obama and his administration refused to call the mandate a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts says it is, and that’s what makes it constitutional.
“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts wrote.
Mitt Romney‘s campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio and a variety of other Republicans quickly tried to paint Obama as a massive tax-hiker and pointed to his 2009 interview with ABC’s George Stephanopolos.
“For us to say that you’ve got to take responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” Obama said at the time.