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Monday, September 21, 2009

How About We Just Call It "Shit The Government Forces You To Pay For" Instead?

Barack Obama got into a telling exchange with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Sunday when they spared over whether his health care plan's mandate that people buy insurance coverage or get fined amounted to a tax.

From ABC's transcript:
STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax -- "a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."

OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition.
Obama apparently thinks dictionaries are a bad place to learn the meanings of words. Good to know, good to know ...

In any event, this is beside the point since the Senate health care bill that is the vehicle for Obama's reform explicitly calls the mandate a tax. From the Politico:
In the most contentious exchange of President Barack Obama’s marathon of five Sunday shows, he said it is “not true” that a requirement for individuals to get health insurance under a key reform plan now being debated amounts to a tax increase.

But he could look it up — in the bill.

Page 29, sentence one of the bill introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) says: “The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax.”

And the rest of the bill is clear that the Finance Committee does, in fact, consider it a tax: “The excise tax would be assessed through the tax code and applied as an additional amount of Federal tax owed.”
Read the whole thing here.

So who are you gonna believe? Obama or your lying eyes?

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