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The Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate in Obamacare is a tax and therefore, constitutional. Do you think this helps or hurts Obama's chances at relection?

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So, the headlines will tell us Obama won on Obamacare, but did he? The larger story may be that the Supreme Court ruled the mandate was constitutional not as a part of the Commerce Clause, but by defining Obamacare’s mandate as within Congress’ powers to tax the citizenry. Viewed in that light, there can be no denying that Obamacare is the largest tax increase in American history.

Up until this point, Barack Obama stringently denied that Obamacare was a tax increase, twisting logic to an extreme rarely witnessed, even for a politician.

Even long-time Democrat loyalist George Stephanopoulos tried to get Obama to state the plain and obvious fact:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?

OBAMA: Well, hold on a second, George. Here — here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average — our families — in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’s…

STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.

source: ABC News – Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax

So you have to love the irony that the same Obama who refused to call Obamacare a tax increase ended up winning the case for its constitutionality by an administration legal defense arguing Obamacare was indeed a tax!

So Obama won, but I wonder how that victory tastes now that Obamacare has been officially branded for the tax increase it is and with the albatross of the most unpopular piece of legislation in recent history hanging heavier than ever around Obama’s neck.

This battle has only just begun, and opponents can now rally against Obamacare, calling it for exactly what it is:

“Repeal Obama’s Health Care Tax”

Again it calls to mind the ad Obama used against Hillary during the Democrat primaries:

Obama Flyer Mocking the Individual Mandate

Obama Flyer Mocking the Individual Mandate

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7 Responses to Obama Wins on Obamacare

  • The American people will be reviewing the voting records of their Representatives and Senators from now until Novemeber. I think Obama and every Democrat should be very concerned with what we find. The American people have just fully awakened to just how dangerous their agenda is. Novemeber will find many of them out of a job.

    • I hope your right, but it seems as if voters are either blind or extremely forgetful these days.

      • They are blind. Those with whom I talk with do not believe what they hear. None of them are willing to admit that nationalized health care is substandard to ours despite all the facts that are laid before them. They only learn when disaster hits their lives. They failed to accept the wisdom of Confucius who said, a wise man learns from the mistakes of others, a fool from his own.

    • Don’t lose faith, Brad. Most people are too busy with their lives to follow as closely as the very small group who could be identified as political junkies (and I’m guessing you and Debra and myself probably fall into that group) but higher taxes and a lower quality of health care is not something people will ignore if it’s unavoidably brought before their attention.

  • The Supreme Courts decision has put the American public in the position where they can control their own destiny. If the majority of people want a government health care system and are willing to pay the high price and poorer service that comes with it then the will of the people will be served. It is up to the sensible people of this nation to become highly informed and vote in the elections in order to maintain a high standard of living.

    • Nailed it, Dan. For about five minutes after the decision was handed down, I was reeling, but then it began to dawn on me, the genius of Justice Roberts’ position. Who else should it be left up to but the people and if the people don’t demand the dismantling of Obamacare, they’ll only have themselves to blame.

      I have to say, seeing Mitt Romney haul in $3 million in a single day has me very optimistic that this will galvanize Republicans and Independents all across America.

      • Mike, it is good to see someone who agrees with me, it is a rare experience the last 20 years of my life.
        I could never be a politician because I have very strong convictions and don’t like to give in to anything except honor and good sense. Am I alone in my belief that Romney white washes his messages to the public. I prefer the answers provided by Newt as they are clear, concise and his grammar is clearly understood by whomever hears him speak. I believe that it is now the time for the Republicans to come out hitting hard and explain to the public what their plan is for medical care and why it is more cost effective than Obamacare.

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