The hero is not fed on sweets, Daily his own heart he eats; Chambers of the great are jails, And head-winds right for royal sails.
- Emerson, American Poet and Essayist (1803-1882)
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.
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: