According to Mitt Romney and several other republican scholars, the mandate is a tax.
Obama, for political reasons, avoided calling it a tax.
Roberts and other republican judges in lower courts disagreed with the administration and insisted on the fact that it was a tax.
But this statement, Obama, for political reasons, avoided calling it a tax., is why Obama is a liar and the lowest of the lowest. He lied to all of us. In regards to me, he lied to me about something I could have been easily swayed to agree with him on. I don't agree with much of what he does, but I got the idea of the mandate. It's just another example of polititians lying in the worst way.
IMO, Justice Roberts easily could have said you sold this as a "penalty" to the American people. If that's what you sold it as, then that's what it is regardless of what your lawyers are saying. If you want to argue a tax in court, then you to sell it as a tax in public. I think Justice Roberts failed the American people in his duty.
Democrats in the Senate knew what Bork was and kept him off the court because of it.
Bork's nomination was confrontational from the moment Reagan nominated him to fill Lewis Powell's seat. Powell was a moderate, and Democrats had informed the White House that they would oppose an extremist nominee.
Eventually, the seat on the Court went to Anthony Kennedy -- certainly more moderate than Bork, but still more conservative than Powell.
People on the right claim Kennedy's speech on Bork was a hyperbolic smear, but it's true that Bork supported a State's right to impose a poll tax, opposed major civil rights legislation, and generally espoused a legal philosophy that many believe twists the reality of the Constitution in the service of the right of the majority to suppress minorities.
The question for the court was, whether or not it was Constitutional. Roberts said it was Constitutional because it was a tax.
The way the law was passed is a political issue, not a Constitutional one...
But what's done is done and it's far off topic of the actual thread. I can't even remember what this thread is about.
Roberts got "taken" on HIS interpretation of the law?? How does that work exactly???
Obama was never a fan of the mandate.
During the 2008 primary, Krugman analyzed his and Hillary's health care plans.
Hers included a mandate. His did not.
Krugman agreed with Hillary that the only way to provide universal coverage is to require universal coverage.
Then Obama came around to accepting that, too.
Clinton Attacks Obama's Healthcare ProposalHillary Clinton yesterday launched one of her most pointed attacks yet against chief rival Barack Obama, charging that his healthcare plan would leave millions of uninsured Americans "virtually invisible."
Continuing her aggressive new tack against her Democratic primary opponents, Clinton said that Obama, by not mandating that individuals have health insurance, would fall woefully short of the goal of universal coverage that all the leading Democrats share....
How did we go from how Clarence Thomas words his opinions to Obamacare?
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