Fresh from her big Supreme Court scoop, Jan Crawford of CBS News scored an interview with Mitt Romney, where he stated that despite the fact that he agreed with the Supreme Court’s dissent, the “Supreme Court has spoken,” and that, “therefore, it is a tax. They have spoken; there’s no way around that.” The full comment:
I said that I agreed with the dissent. And the dissent made it very clear that they felt it was unconstitutional. But the dissent lost. It’s in the minority. And so, now the Supreme Court has spoken. And, while I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore, it is a tax. They have spoken; there’s no way around that.
You can try and say you wish they had decided it a different way, but they didn’t. They concluded it was a tax, that’s what it is, and the American people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans. Not only did he raise the $500 billion, that was already in the bill, it’s now clear that his mandate, as described by the Supreme Court, is a tax.
Here’s the video:
— Avik Roy is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Apothecary, the Forbes blog on health-care and entitlement reform. He is a member of Mitt Romney’s Health Care Policy Advisory Group. You can follow him on Twitter at @aviksaroy.