Thursday, July 5, 2012

Romney Now Calls Mandate a Tax


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.
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. Therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that. You can try and say you wish they’d decided a different way, but they didn't. They concluded it’s a tax. That’s what it is.
~ Mitt Romney on CBS News, July 4, 2012

More from Huffington Post
UPDATE: 3:28 p.m. -- The Romney campaign has released a fuller transcript of the CBS interview, in which the candidate is asked the question:

If the mandate is a tax under Obamacare, isn't it also a tax under Masscare?

"Actually the chief justice in his opinion made it very clear that at the state level, states have the power to put in place mandates," Romney replied. "They don’t need to require them to be called taxes in order for them to be constitutional. And as a result, Massachusetts’ mandate was a mandate, was a penalty, was described that way by the legislature and by me, and so it stays as it was."

The governor disagreed with the court. He agreed with the dissent that was written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax. ~ Eric Fehrnstrom, Top Romney Aide, July 2, 2012



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