Sunday, July 18, 2010

Obamacare and the Constitution: Another lie?

This morning Fox and Friends did a piece on Obamacare. When Obamacare was being promoted, conservatives charged (among other things) that the money that would be assessed by the Government for Obamacare was a violation of Obama's promise to raise taxes on the middle class.

Obama was asked about this in an interview and he specifically said that the money charged for his health care program was not a tax.

Now that Obamacare has passed, over twenty states have filed lawsuits claiming that the federal government simply does not have the authority under the Constitution to force anyone to buy federal health insurance.

Apparently the Obama administration realizes that this is true so how are they responding? They are now claiming that the penalties charged for not getting health insurance are taxes and the government does have the Constitutional right to raise taxes.

So Obamacare penalties are not taxes when Obama wanted to promote the program to the American people, but they are taxes when Obama needs to legally defend the program.

Just one more reason to suspect that this President will say and do anything to get his agenda passed, regardless of whether what he has to say is true or what he does is Constitutional.

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