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O-Care Tax Is A ‘Shared Responsibility Payment’

From the Daily Caller:

New Obamacare rule uses terms ‘shared responsibility payment’ and ‘penalty’ instead of ‘tax’

By Patrick Howley | August 28, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) final rule on Obamacare’s individual mandate, released this week, uses the term “Shared Responsibility Payment” more than 50 times to describe the mandate’s non-compliance penalty, which the Supreme Court in 2012 defined as a tax.

The IRS also used the term “shared responsibility penalty” in the rule, which does not identify the individual mandate as a tax.

The 75-page rule published by the IRS, which is tasked with enforcing Obamacare as the law is fully implemented in 2014, is entitled “Shared Responsibility Payment for Not Maintaining Minimum Essential Coverage.” …

Okay then, so when are the 47% who pay no income tax going to start making their ‘shared responsibility payments’?

Using the term “shared responsibility payment” to refer to what was legally defined as a tax might constitute an act of dishonesty on the part of the Obama administration, according to one expert.

“They lied to the American people, lied to the Supreme Court, now they’re back to lying to the American people,” Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist told The Daily Caller. “It’s a historical attempt at coming up with a word other than taxes…

“Here’s my question: can we go back to the Supreme Court and ask John Roberts if shared responsibility payments are constitutional?” Norquist asked…

But rest assured whatever it is it isn’t socialism. It isn’t ‘spreading the wealth around.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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