Misinformation. Disinformation. Lies. Hiding form questions.
Romney in 2012 – “Actually, the chief justice in his opinion made it very clear that at the state level, states have the power to put in place mandates. They don’t need to require them to be called taxes in order for them to be constitutional. And as a result, Massachusetts’ mandate was a mandate, was a penalty, was described that way by the Legislature and by me, and so it stays as it was.”
So Mitt, YOU described it as a ‘mandate’?
Romney in 2008 – GIBSON: ”Governor … you imposed tax penalties in Massachusetts?”
ROMNEY: ”Yes, we said, look, if people can afford to buy it, either buy the insurance or pay your own way; don’t be free-riders.”
See : ‘FLASHBACK: Romney Acknowledged His Massachusetts Healthcare Plan Imposed A Tax’
@ : http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/romney-acknowledges-his-healthcare-plan-imposed-a-tax-in-08/
But Mitt. Charlie Gibson just asked you if you imposed a tax and you said yes. I thought you said you described YOUR Mass. health care as a mandate?
Just like Romney say’s it’s ‘offshoring’ not ‘outsourcing’.
Oh lets not forget THIS Mitt – ‘ Even with the mandate, the Massachuesetts law remains popular. Two polls taken
in the past year show more than 60 percent of Massachusetts residents approve of
‘One reason the mandate has failed to undermine that support is that so few people
have had to pay. In 2009, the most recent year for which the state has figures, less
than 1 percent of residents drew the penalty’.
From : http://www.unconflictedsc.com/2012/06/romneys-individual-mandate-in.html
‘Directly contradicting his senior adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told CBS that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is “a tax.”
‘The Supreme Court said the federal government can only impose a mandate as a tax, Romney argues, but that doesn’t mean a state mandate has to be defined as a tax’.
CRAWFORD: “But does that mean that the mandate in the state of Massachusetts under your health care law also is a tax? I mean, you raised taxes as governor.”
ROMNEY: “Actually, the chief justice in his opinion made it very clear that at the state level, states have the power to put in place mandates. They don’t need to require them to be called taxes in order for them to be constitutional. And as a result, Massachusetts’ mandate was a mandate, was a penalty, was described that way by the Legislature and by me, and so it stays as it was.”
CRAWFORD: “So at the state level because of … you’re saying the Supreme Court says that’s different, that the federal government — the powers are different between the states and the federal government? Does that make sense to you?”
ROMNEY: “Just take a read of the opinion. The chief justice said that states have what’s known as police power, and states can implement penalties and mandates and so forth under their constitutions, which is what Massachusetts did. But the federal government does not have those powers, and therefore for the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion it did — that the law was constitutional — they had to find it was a tax, and they did. And therefore Obamacare’s a tax. Like it or not, it’s a tax.”
‘A key question, going forward, is just how much Romney will make this a part of his campaign pitch. Will he actually hit the trail and try to argue that Obamacare imposed a tax in the form of an individual mandate, but his health care law didn’t’?
From : http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/romney-shifts-says-mandates-a-tax-128026.html