A Twisted Defense of ObamaCare

By Rich Lowry, New York Post - December 18, 2010

Prior to the passage of the health-care law, President Obama was at his most em phatic and condescending in insisting the penalty for defying the mandate to buy health insurance is not a tax.

In an ABC News interview in September 2009, Obama scoffed when George Stephanopoulos resorted to the dictionary to argue that the penalty must be a tax. An irritated Obama waved it all off as another unfair charge by his unhinged opponents. So you reject the notion that it's a tax increase? Stephanopoulos persisted. "I absolutely reject that notion," Obama declared.

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