Skip to comments.Press Secretary Says Contention that Obamacare Is Tax “Idiotic”
Posted on 06/30/2012 12:11:29 AM PDT by John Semmens
Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to get out ahead of the GOP's campaign rhetoric alleging that Obamacare is a huge tax imposed on the middle class.
There's no way this is a tax, Carney insisted. The President doesn't call it a tax. The legislation doesn't say it's a tax. Calling it a tax is idiotic. The President has made it quite clear that the $2,000 a person has to pay for refusing to buy health insurance is a punishment for disobedience, not a tax.
The fact that the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare was founded on Chief Justice John Roberts' finding that the so-called penalty is a tax is irrelevant, according to Carney. Roberts' convoluted logic isn't binding on anything, Carney said. All that matters is that the Court voted to sustain the law. Whatever reasons he or any other Justice might give are irrelevant.
To further bolster his case against Obamacare being a tax, Carney cited the waivers granted by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Secretary Sebelius has no authority to waive taxes, Carney pointed out. She does, however, have the authority to excuse persons from complying with the mandate. Those who think the mandate is oppressive ought to be trying to get on her good side. I don't think that castigating the Affordable Care Act for political advantage is a course likely to achieve that.
Thus far, Sebelius has issued over 1,000 waiversmost of them to organizations and businesses supporting the Administration's political agenda.
In related news, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) suggested that, based on the Court's decision, the government might mandate the consumption of tofu or the purchase of a Chevy Volt under threat of being assessed a penalty for noncompliance. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) dismissed such fears as misplaced. It is the government's job to promote the general welfare. If eating healthier food and driving non-polluting vehicles is deemed the appropriate way of promoting that welfare who is Mr. Jindal to say that the government shouldn't penalize those who won't cooperate?
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Everybody in this administration is a lying peice of socialist excrement.
Has anyone noticed that o’zeros lips look just like a pigs ass? I only know this because Eric Holder is the love child of billy Clinton’s and J’nut O’renos, and o’zero has been kissing O’holders ASS for a long, long time.
The media will side with them. “It’s NOT a tax” and that will be the mantra.
I beg to differ as excrement has a valid and beneficial use as fertilizer which is good for plants. I would suggest that they are nothing but the foul odor that is left when all the beneficial products of excrement have been used.
Yeah, the SCOTUS was WRONG to call it a tax, but RIGHT to uphold it? That’s a tough pill for even the average 20-something liberal bimbo female to swallow.
Problem is Alito, Kennedy, and Scalia are on their side too. They wrote in the dissent that it’s not a tax.
Socialist/communist, whats the difference?
My name john Semens. I no ken write. So I steal hedlines, real storries end slap my title on it & call it satire. Itz mucho eazier than write my own stuff for humur.
America must declare war against the Obamataxcare.
I cant stomach hearing or looking at any of them
Even Jay Carney is smarter than Chief Justice Moron.
Proving even further that Roberts is delusional. Roberts is a coward and a traitor.
Wow... what arrogance!
Tyranny is coming.
You can take your toys and go home Jay.
Next up, a regency fee for the honor of Obama allowing us to worship him.