George Stephanopoulos interviewed White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew. Lew refused to call the individual mandate for health care a tax, continually referring to it as a “penalty” or “charge,” despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that it should be considered a tax. Here is the interview in part. …….
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you do concede, you keep wanting to use the word penalty. You do concede that the law survived only because Justice Roberts found this to be a tax?
LEW: I – I think if you look at the decision, which is a very complicated one, there are arguments that support different theories. There were…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But the argument of Chief Justice Roberts is that it’s a tax.
LEW: He – He went through the different powers that Congress has and found that there is a power, whatever you call it, to assess a penalty like this.
STEPAHNOPOULOS: He called it a tax.
LEW: (no response)
STEPHANOPOLOUS: So you’re conceding that?
LEW: I’m saying that it was set up as a penalty for people who choose not to buy insurance, even though they can afford it, and for that one percent, we call it fair.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And he calls it a tax.I’m going to move on…
Lew’s argument is in line with what President Obama told me in a Sept. 2009 interview on “This Week,” when he insisted that “to say that ‘you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance’ is absolutely not a tax increase.”
More reality denying leftist drivel.
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