So, is the Obama Administration admitting ObamaCare/ObamaTax is unconstitutional?

Posted by: Phineas on July 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Via the Washington Examiner’s Byron York:

In an interview on CNN Thursday morning, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said that President Obama disagrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the individual mandate in Obamacare is a tax.

Anchor Soledad O’Brien asked LaBolt: “His spokesman…said it’s a penalty. The Supreme Court has said it’s a tax. What does he believe?”

“That it’s a penalty,” LaBolt answered. “You saw our arguments before the Supreme Court…”

“So then he disagrees with the Supreme Court decision that says it’s now a tax?” O’Brien asked.

“That’s right,” said LaBolt. “He said that it’s a penalty. You saw our arguments before the Court.”

So, since the dissent ruled that what walked like a duck was a duck and that a penalty that penalized was really a penalty and never a tax, and therefore the bill was unconstitutional, does this mean that the president’s team and, by extension, the president, himself, all agree with Justices Scalia, Alito, Kennedy, and Thomas?

In once sense, it doesn’t matter, because the Court has spoken (“The duck that walks like a duck can be considered a goose for constitutional purposes.”) and we now must settle the matter politically. Okay, fine.

On the other hand, it’s going to be a lot of fun from now until November poking Obamabots with the the sharp stick labeled “It’s a TAX!!” and watching them squirm as they try to avoid it.

Hey, it’s going to be a long, hard campaign; we need some comic relief, after all.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “So, is the Obama Administration admitting ObamaCare/ObamaTax is unconstitutional?”


  1. Neo says:

    There is such a thing as looking a gift horse in the mouth.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The Supreme Court’s hatchet job on Obhammud by calling the mandate a tax places the argument back in the political arena where it belongs. He now owns the largest tax increase in US history and cannot run away from it. And it IS a tax; otherwise it would be unenforceable since the commerce clause, according to the Court, does not fit the circumstances. His chances for re-election are dead in the water.

  3. foxmuldar says:

    It’s a tax and definitely unconstitutional any other way. Obama has Roberts to thank for saving this piece of garbage. And what about Obama’s pledge to the middle class that anyone making less then $150,000 or near that figure wouldn’t see their taxes go up. Well its just one of many lies that Obama continues to tell. As long as the liberal media has his back, he will continue lying and getting away with it. Isn’t it time to send his lying ass back to Kenya in November?

  4. BBHunter says:

    – You can opt out, thats your right. However if you exercise your rights you will now have to pay for the privaledge because its a penalty, except if you complain that a penalty is unconstitutional, then its a tax unless you complain thats unconstitutional in which case its a penalty.

    – If you claim its both a tax and a penalty they will point at you and laugh for calling a levy a tax/penalty, and then they’ll take your money anyway.

    – Forward!

  5. RiderInTheNight says:

    Barry Soetoro is showing his affirmative action leadership skills. The progs are proving what pure waste of space and air they are. It’s time to permanently crush Obama, progressives and the progressive agenda once and for all.