I’m going to crawl out of my skin and run skinless through the streets, screaming at the top of my lungs if the media doesn’t stop pushing the conservative narrative that President Obama and Democrats lied about the individual mandate not being a tax. Conservatives seem to think that even though the highest court in the land ruled the mandate constitutional under Congress’s taxing power, it doesn’t matter because nyah! nyah! — President Obama said it wasn’t a tax!
Just stop it. It doesn’t matter what President Obama called it and he was not “lying” when he said it was not a tax.
Actually, I’ll be fair. I don’t know if he was lying when he said it was not a tax. Maybe he thought it was a tax, but knew the word “tax” causes immediate brain meltdowns among the wingnut class. Or maybe he thought it was a penalty. Or maybe he understands the difference between a tax and a valid exercise of Congress’s taxing power. (I’m betting on the last option.)
(much more at ABLC)