Obama won’t call mandatory insurance a tax, but that’s exactly what the bill calls it

by editor on September 21, 2009

President Obama hit ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday as part of his Talk Tour 2009. Host George Stephanopoulos actually had the nerve to challenge the President. No, seriously, he did.

Stephanopoulos took the obvious position that a mandate forcing individuals to obtain health insurance coverage is a tax.

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

Obama: No. That’s not true, George. The… ?for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that… right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I’m not covering all the costs.

Stephanopoulos: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy…

Obama: No, but… but, George, you… you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase. Any…

Stephanopoulos: Here’s the…

Obama: What… what… if I… if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say… well, that’s not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don’t want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then…

Stephanopoulos: I… I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: Tax…”a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.”

Obama: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the… definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone to the… dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what…

Stephanopoulos: Well, no, but…

Obama: …what you’re saying is…

Stephanopoulos: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.

Obama: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that.

Call it anything you want, President Obama, but the language of the bill itself calls it…you guessed it…a tax.

(a) TAX IMPOSED. In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent…

Looks like the bill is one of those damn racist liars who oppose everything the President says.


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His example of auto insurance is laughable, especially in California. How many illegal immigrants have auto insurance?


I’m asking the rhetorical question here but how come these MSM commandos don’t ask the most pertinent question (a question that would’ve been asked of Bush if he had push this sort of nonsense): “Is mandatory health insurance even Constitutional?“…