It’s a Tax — I Mean, Penalty!

by Ian Tuttle

The party line is in. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision that Obamacare’s mandate is unconstitutional as a “penalty” and only constitutional as a “tax,” Democrats took to the Sunday morning shows and staunchly affirmed that the mandate is, in fact, a penalty.”

Jack Lew, White House chief of staff, repeatedly called the tax a penalty on This Week, eventually telling George Stephanopoulos that “what you call it is not the issue”:

And Nancy Pelosi twice nearly called the penalty a tax while trying to shush David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press:
Whatever contortions John Roberts may have undertaken to legitimize Obamacare, they may be nothing compared to the verbal gymnastics Democrats will employ to avoid at all costs calling Obamacare a tax in the run-up to November.