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Jack Lew: Obama-Care Mandate Is Not A Tax

From the Politico:

Jack Lew: The individual mandate isn’t a tax

By: Brett Norman | July 1, 2012

Never mind what the Supreme Court said — the White House is doubling down on its insistence that the individual mandate isn’t a tax.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said the mandate penalty is not a tax and the Supreme Court ruling didn’t make it so. And in any event, he said, very few people will have to pay it.

“First of all, the law is clear, it’s called a penalty. Second of all, what the Supreme Court ruled is that the law is constitutional. Actually, they didn’t call it a tax. They said it was using the power under the constitution that permits it. It was not labeled,” Lew said.

Proving once again that words have no meaning to the Left. To the Left, words are just tools to power.

By the way, if Obama-Care isn’t a tax, then it must be unconstitutional. Which is it, Mr. Lew?

“This is a penalty. It’s something that only 1 percent of people who can afford insurance and choose not to get it will pay. Everyone who has insurance, everyone who chooses to buy insurance will not pay it. What they’re going to get is security — they’re going to get lower premiums and better health care. That’s a good thing for the American people.”

So now we have a new group of 1%-ers to hate and punish.

Also, note that is now the federal government who will decide what we can and can’t afford. Not us.

Ironically, the Politico is also reporting another claim from Mr. Lew, on the same program:

Lew says W.H. ‘most transparent ever’


White House chief of staff Jack Lew hammered on Sunday congressional Republicans for their investigation into Fast and Furious, saying the administration had been more than forthcoming with inquiries into its internal deliberations over the botched gun-trafficking operation.

Apparently, the Republicans are being ‘too nosy’ about F&F, just because a few hundred Mexicans and a couple Americans have been killed.

Appearing on CNN’s "State of the Union," Lew accused Republicans of waging a politically motivated fight, and he defended the White House’s decision to invoke executive privilege in response to a House GOP-led subpoena for Justice Department documents on the matter.

"This administration has been the most transparent ever," Lew said.

Perhaps Lew meant they were the most transparent liars ever.

"This is not a question of finding facts," he added. "What they are looking for are documents that they know are inappropriate."

Even though wiretap application Congressman Issa introduced into the Congressional Record on Friday appears to show that Holder has been lying when he claims the documents in question do not involve Fast & Furious.

And that he as also been lying about the DOJ’s level of involvement in Fast & Furious, in general.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Jack Lew: Obama-Care Mandate Is Not A Tax”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    Not only is it A TAX but the damn law has a minimum of 21 new, to be determined later, taxes some government official gets to dole out on the public when they feel the need for more money. Let’s not forget the death panels and the rationing that will take place once this monstrosity fully implements.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    Democrats are running away from this countries biggest tax hike in American history:

    1. http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/29/video-axeldouche-still-wont-call-individual-mandate-a-tax-after-scotus-ruling/

    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzs3aoRnl0E

    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL7ak__MGyw

    4. Barack Obama evoking Jesus to sell us the more taxes while we are “broke”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCr7bP5pZ6I

    5. 20 New higher taxes that American citizens will “enjoy” now that Obamacare is constitutional:

  3. canary says:

    The Heck. You show buy your taxes and the IRS waives if you are impoverished and don’t have to pay health care.

    You don’t pay, they take it from your taxes.

    4000 new IRS agents added after it first passed. Tell me the IRS isn’t running our health care.

    So, you bleeping govt health care didn’t pay all your medical bill.

    Don’t ever expect tax returns anymore. They will rig with health care there will be no returns for the little people and middle class. .

  4. Anonymoose says:

    *Not* a tax, huh? I’ll just tell that to the IRS agent when he comes to collect…….

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