The five-justice majority argued that, while the fine imposed by the law for not buying health insurance would otherwise be unconstitutional, the fine is actually legal under Congress’ authority to tax.
Ergo, the fine is officially a “tax” in the eyes of the court. The law stands.
But in a case of biting the hand that feeds, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday the fine is still just a “penalty.”
Calling it a “tax” causes obvious political problems for the White House. Obama fought that label vigorously when selling the bill in 2009.
Carney went on to say Friday that the “penalty” will affect only about 1 percent of Americans, those who refuse to get health insurance.
“It’s a penalty, because you have a choice. You don’t have a choice to pay your taxes, right?” Carney said.
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Well, none of us should be surprised that members of this administration are unfamiliar with the taxing and penalties processes. You see, if you don’t if you don’t pay your taxes, the IRS will fine you. This is way different than the law that states if you don’t buy insurance, the IRS will fine you.