Obama Defending Insurance Mandate as Tax


By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

Remember back when ObamaCare collectivism was being debated? Recall that the "One", and his Democrat minions, declared that the mandate to purchase health care was not a tax? Surprise! Now that the progressive collectivists have won another for the books they are switching the tune.


The Obama administration is now declaring in open court the mandate requiring an individual to purchase health insurance, scheduled to take effect in 2014, as simply an exercise of the government's "power to lay and collect taxes." In addition, their belief is that this power exceeds even the federal government's power to regulate interstate commerce.

In a brief filed by the Justice Department in response to the challenges in court by over twenty states on several private concerns the Obama administration take the position the mandate to purchase health care coverage is "a valid exercise" of Congress's power to impose taxes. The department said the Congress can use its taxing power "even for purposes that would exceed its power under other provisions" of the Constitution.

Here is what Obama had to say earlier during the debates over collectivist ObamaCare in an interview with G. Stephanopoulos on ABC's program "This Week."

"For us to say that you've got to take responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase." When Mr. Stephanopoulos stated, referring to a dictionary, the mandate appeared to fit the definition of a tax the President replied, "I absolutely reject that notion."

Okay, first it was not a tax. Now that the collectivist Obamacare is law it is suddenly a tax the Congress has every right and power to levy. Whew, I guess when you are "Obama, the One" your only principle need be one that furthers your agenda. Even if that means being disingenuous or down right dishonest.

I don't know if I am correct here. But I am certainly seeing the dark shadow of increasing statist progressive collectivism and the belief that tax payers money is the really the governments and therefore they have the right and power to tax whatever the hell they so determine is appropriate.

Read the full content of the article in Money & Policy...The New York Times.

Cross posted at Rational Nation USA.

8 comments:

  1. an exercise of the government's "power to lay and collect taxes." In addition, their belief is that this power exceeds even the federal government power to regulate interstate commerce.

    The above statement demonstrates how unconstitutional this law is and the mind set of the Obama Administration of the Consititutions "negative liberties". Where in the constitution does it state the power to tax is above all else in the document? This is just another way to justify government confiscation of our properties and establish a socialist, if not down right communist, society. But hey, in our modern world, all truths are relative, right?

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  2. Sick folks will be sorry and surprised when they learn that ObamaCare calls for their doctors to "Tweet" them instead of see them in person. SHOCKING details are at:

    http://spnheadlines.blogspot.com/2010/03/obama-health-care-doctors-will-patients_17.html

    Peace! :-)

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  3. THIS IS PRECISELY and I mean PRECISELY what FDR did to get OASDI passed the american people.
    I did a post about it a long time ago...
    when I say PRECISELY I mean really...PRECISELY

    G** D*** M*****R F****S

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  4. please read my post here to see how identical this whole game is being played... and you wait...they will interconnect this crap with so much stuff people will not understad it and then it will live forever...that is what they are working on

    http://keeperofoddknowledge.blogspot.com/2009/07/truth-about-social-security.html

    BTW reposting this

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  5. There is a certain amount of irony here, which would be amusing if it wasn't in the context of something so horribly destructive to the American ideal of government/country. The Obama administration was correct when it didn't characterize it as a tax: it's clearly a mandate with a penalty attached, and clearly outside the scope of what taxation authority was intended to be used for. However, unfortunately for the Obamanation, there's no Constitutional justification for a private commerce mandate imposed by the government, so they need to engage in this legal maneuvering to try to provide laughable Constitutional basis for their latest socialist scheme.

    I gotta ask the Obama administration, though: why go through the effort of this flimsy charade? I mean, you're gonna look like idiots flip-flopping arguments to contort them to fit within the Constitution, when you clearly want to shred what remains of the Constitution anyway to achieve your long-term agenda. Why not just come out and say the Constitution is outdated and insufficient for your socialist utopia vision, and thus you're going to just openly ignore it (instead of blatantly ignoring it and then lying about it)? At least then the American people can decide now if they want your socialist overhaul, instead of putting them through these painful experiment and disaster recovery cycles. That's just my thought.

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  6. It's like a shell game... http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/u/2/2/regulatory-reform-shell-gam.jpg

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  7. Only conservatives notice and bash this. His own don't care, as long as he gets unwise and unpopular things through. That is all they care about. The means justifying the ends is all one needs to know about our opponents. Oh, and that the ends are not in any way justifiable, moral, or good in other ways.

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  8. I'm sure he will justify the financial reform as a tax.

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