Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mendacity? Or Just a Skilled Politician

"In 2008, Obama opposed requiring that Americans buy health insurance. He repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton for advocating such a mandate. Then, a few months after taking office, he came out for a mandate and made sure his health care plan had one.

After embracing an individual mandate, the President rejected all assertions that it was a tax increase. "For us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase," he told George Stephanopoulous last September. Now the administration is arguing in federal court that the mandate is a tax increase, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
"Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations," The Times reported."

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