In a 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court ruled that the infamous Obamacare health reform was not only constitutional, but would be considered a new tax on the American public.
Regardless of your opinions on the matter (“Fuck everything Obama does,” I assume), this ruling is a direct contrast to a 2009 interview Barack participated in when the reform bill was doing nothing more than sitting on capitol hill, hoping to be a law one day.
ABC News correspondent George Stephanopolous sat down with Obama and asked directly why he didn’t consider this motion a tax.
“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase….Nobody considers that a tax increase,” Obama said, not knowing that three years later the ultimate defenders of the Constitution, the Supreme Court, would deduce just that.
Chief Justice John Roberts, a remnant judge from the Bush era, crossed party lines to suggest that the reform was not an individual mandate, but an additional tax and should be treated as such. When one takes a step back and realizes that because of the law, anyone who doesn’t get health insurance would owe 1% of their income to the IRS, it sounds an awful lot like a new tax to anyone with a semblance of common sense.
In a predictable GOP “Obama is wrong” move, Mitt Romney’s immediate comment was that he would repeal the act on his first day of office.
Despite past promises and assurances, Obama has failed to be clear with the American public yet again. Whether you agree with Obamacare or not (my guess, most of you don’t), by imposing a new tax on the American people without giving them an appropriate description, Obama has either A) purposely misled us, or B) doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about. Either way, I’m more than a little concerned.