July 6, 2012

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR:

In Defending His Health Care Plan, Romney Often Called Its Mandate a Tax (MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ASHLEY PARKER, 7/06/12, NY Times)

Four months before Mitt Romney signed his health care plan into law in Massachusetts in 2006, he told a conservative group that the state's tax code would be the hammer that would make the plan work.

For those who refused to comply with the state's mandate to buy health insurance, he said in remarks to the Heritage Foundation, "they are going to lose their personal tax exemption."

"We will withhold any of their tax refund," he said.

As the Massachusetts governor and then as a presidential candidate, Mr. Romney spent the next six years describing in a variety of different ways the possible punishments for ignoring the Massachusetts mandate: as "free-rider surcharges," "tax penalties," "tax incentives" and sometimes just as "penalties."

But regardless of the terms he used, his intentions were clear: Massachusetts residents who chose not to buy health insurance would see their state income taxes go up.

Heck, Heritage midwifed the tax, before Democrat use of it convinced them it must be anticonstitutional, if not the mark of the Anti-Christ...

Posted by at July 6, 2012 7:44 PM
  

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