Obama calls individual mandate a “tax”
As we’ve noted since the Supreme Court’s decision in the ObamaCare, the White House has refused to acknowledge that the individual mandate is a tax. They’ve called it a penalty, but admitting its a tax gets into another area of politics where Team Obama hadn’t wanted to go.
But while campaigning in Virginia this weekend, President Obama called the individual mandate a “tax,” indicating that they may finally be acknowleding the decision:
President Obama used the word “tax” to describe the health care mandate under his reforms, a departure from his prior etymological stance that it is a penalty.
“By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax,” the president said during his Friday rally in Roanoke, his third Virginia campaign event of the day. “The only thing that’s happening to you is that you now have more security because insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick.”
And let’s keep in mind that the entire post-decision rhetoric was a ruse. The Obama Administration argued that the individual mandate was tax before the Supreme Court. For them, it’s only a tax when it’s convenient.