In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, President Obama declares that the individual healthcare mandate is NOT A TAX.... Why? Well, just because he said so.
ABC: You were against the individual [health insurance] mandate...during the campaign.
ABC: Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?
OBAMA: Now what I've said is that if you can't afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn't be punished for that. That's just piling on. If, on the other hand, we're giving tax credits, we've set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we've driven down the costs, we've done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you've just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that's...
ABC: That may be, but it's still a tax increase.
OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. 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.
ABC: 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...
ABC: 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.
Yet, racism chasers wonder why some conservatives didn't want the Deceiver-In-Chief to speak to their children. "Listen up children, you can't just make up language -- but I can because I'm the President. What I say goes. If you doubt my definition of ANYTHING and check the dictionary you are stretching. My word trumps Merriam's and Websters. By the way tell your racist parents I'm the President so get over it!"
I can't believe how this man has beguiled a nation. People actually believe he is a genius!
H/T to RightKlik for pointing out the following:
Let’s all open up our copy of the Baucus plan and turn to page 29. We find ourselves in SUBTITLE D: SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. And what does the bill tell us will happen if you fail to purchase health insurance?
Excise Tax. The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax.