Friday, June 18, 2010

The Mandate Update: Evil AND a Tax

Looks like Aunt Nancy was wrong on this: we didn't need to "see the plan to know what's in it" as regards the (evil) Individual Mandate:

"In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax -- even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation."

Whoa – The Obamaman lied about ObamaCare©?!

I'm shocked, shocked I tell ya!

Well, not really, since we had already made that call early on. This is a significant development, though, because it not only puts the lie to claims that the mandate is not in fact a tax, but that it is an unprecedented one, at that.

Until now, taxes were levied on things we bought or owned, but this is a tax on merely existing. Unlike the red herring that auto insurance is mandated, being taxed because one demurred from participating means that you'll be taxed simply for being a living American. I used to joke that these folks would tax the air that we breathe if only they could; turns out, this piece of ObamaCare© does just that.

If there's a bright side, it's that as more and more "clarifications" come forth, an overwhelming majority of Americans want this train-wreck repealed. It remains to be seen, of course, whether or not that translates into action, but it's a hopeful sign that folks understand just how bad this is, and that the pro-ObamaCare© forces are being forced to defend the indefensible.
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