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July 4, 2012

Romney on the tax penalty in ObamaCare

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mike Kueber @ 6:47 pm
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Mitt Romney has finally broken his silence on whether the penalty for violating the ObamaCare individual mandate is a penalty or tax.  In an interview today with CBS News, Romney said the following:

  • 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 is no way around that. You could try and say you wish they had decided a different way, but they didn’t. They concluded it was a tax, that’s what it is, and the America people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans.”

According to an article in the Washington Post, Romney’s statement contradicts a senior campaign spokesperson who just yesterday announced that Romney believed the penalty was not a tax.   Furthermore, it contradicts Romney’s previous position in characterizing the penalty under RomneyCare in Massachusetts.

Romney is apparently going to explain away his inconsistencies by asserting that he is merely adjusting his position in response to the Supreme Court decision.  Personally, I think that is too smart by half.  Furthermore, as I blogged yesterday, I don’t think voters are going to get exercised about a tax or penalty assessed against free riders. 

As a matter of fact, the ObamaCare tax penalty doesn’t even violated Grover Norquist’s draconian Taxpayer Protection Pledge:

  1. Oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
  2. Oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.   

And if Grover is OK with it, how bad can it be?


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