Posts Tagged ‘mandate’
* Reason #1: Liberal pundits and the Obama State Media have now been robbed of their pre-prepared talking point about those evil five conservatives justices having ruled against the noble four non-partisan justices.
* Reason #2: Lib pundits and the OSM look like idiots for running that whole “cynical politicized decision” narrative pre-emptively, before the decision was even made!
* Reason #3: Liberals lose a “Bring Back Free Health Care” rallying cry for the troops in November. (And yes, when they say “free health care,” they really do visualize something along the lines of money growing on trees.)
* Reason #4: Spoken well by @TIMENOUT:
This is now a tax it’s not an individual mandate. I don’t think this works out well for Obama he wanted a individual mandate NOT A TAX
source: @TIMENOUT on Twitter
By saying the mandate was constitutional, not via the commerce cause, but by correctly identifying the mandate as a tax, Obamacare is now officially branded the largest tax increase in US history.
* Reason #5: Obama now looks like the sleazy, lying politician he is for having denied that Obamacare is a tax increase from the beginning and unless Obama wants to disagree with the ruling and how the court reached it, he’s either forced to finally admit that Obamacare is indeed a tax increase or he will end up looking like even more of a sleazeball by continuing to try to deny it.
* Reason #6: As a candidate, Obama told America this: “I can make a firm pledge – under my plan, no family making less that $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” If Obama wants to accept the verdict, he must also admit to yet another broken promise here, with the bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office projecting that Obamacare taxes may amount to $1.7 trillion (that’s trillion with a “t”) over a decade.
* Reason #7: We are reminded once again how Barack Obama mocked Hillary’s support of a mandate during the primaries, only to suddenly embrace the mandate after signing Obamacare into law.
* Reason #8: A tweet from Pineapple Candidate says it well.
The #ObamaTAX can B repealed as part of a budget b/c IT IS A TAX. Budgets R immune from Senate filibuster. Simple Majority will repeal.
— Benghazi Pineapple (@2012Pineapple) June 28, 2012
That’s right, the bar for dismantling Obamacare in the Senate was just lowered from 60 to 51.
* Reason #9: The albatross of Obamacare hangs even heavier around the neck of Barack Obama as the large majority of Americans who disapprove of Obamacare continue to be reminded how much they dislike this government takeover of health care.
* Reason #10: Nothing could have rallied Conservatives any more than this decision. Conservatives have more motivation now than ever to show up and vote in November and finally put and end to the long national nightmare of the Obama years.
Just finished donating money to mitt romney. My first political donation EVER!!
— Brian Skinner (@Rushlimbang) June 28, 2012
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: