Mitt Romney settles it: health care mandate is a tax

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  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    July 6, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    RE not here,

    Only one issue:
    Obama and his affiliates all claimed it a penalty, not a tax. The interview with george stephanopoulos comes to mind. Then his solicitor general argues to the SCOTUS that they must consider this a tax. Then, after the court does, they say it's a penalty. Sounds pretty back and forth to me. Meanwhile, since day one of the ruling, Romney has agreed with the dissent that this is an unconstitutional penalty, but emphasizes the court has spoken. It is a Tax.

    July 5, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    RE Cougar:

    So what your saying then is if Obama say it is a penalty but turns out to be a taxs because the SC said so he's lieing. But if Mittens say it's a penalty and on a tax along with his handler's but it turns out to be a tax then he's not a liar. It sounds like some one is lieing and i don't think it is Obama but thats just me and tomorrow we may be hearing a differant story from the GOP.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 5, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Romney is merely repeating what the Supreme Court said. If later today the Supreme Court would say that they misspoke, that it's not a tax, then Romney would go with what they say.

    Besides, what does Obama say it is? Before he said it was not a tax, but a penalty, since he promised to not raise any taxes. However, now he must break his promise. The Supreme Court basically made Obama into a liar (as if he needed their help-- see the process the democrats used to get the law passed in the first place).

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 5, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    More sound bites and still no economic plan.

    Mitt wants to reduce the tax rate of the wealthy and thus right the wallowing ship. The only problem is that his own advisors say that will increase the size of the deficit.

    Pres Romney what is your response? "It is a tax" How will that help with the local economy?

    "I will repeal the healthcare my first day of office" We understand that as you have been saying it for 3 years. Will that lower the federal debt of the country?

    "I will create jobs" You were not able to do that as a governor but as president you seem to have confidence.

    What about the economy, how will you fix it? "I will repeal Obamacare"

    Pres Romney when Moses received the top 10 on the Mount there was one about not bearing false witness that has not been repealed, does that one bother you at all? "my wife drives 2 Cadillacs"

    Pres Romney seems to be really good at sound bites but has yet to provide the steak/meat for fixing our economic woes.

    Any last words on the economy Pres Romney? " It is a tax"

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 5, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    If he willing to throw his advisor under the bus--he wants this job a little more than he should.

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    July 5, 2012 3:20 a.m.

    Anyone who saw the interview knows that he stated the same thing when he spoke after the ruling. He agrees with the dissent that it was an unconstitutional penalty, but concedes that the SCOTUS majority ruled it as a tax. It's funny to see people get so worked up over nothing. In the media's defense, Romney's adviser did a terrible job relaying that. He said Romney agreed with Obama, which is obviously not true.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    July 4, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    Just a couple points:

    1.Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama have all said it was a Tax or no it was a Penalty! Hmm perspective!

    2. The Solicitor General called it a tax for 11 of 34 pages of brief to the S.C.
    3. The Chief Justice called it a Tax!

    4. The 2700 page Health Care Bill now has an additional 10,100 pages of restrictions, additions, requiements and regulations! All of you who support it please stand up and explain it all to us!

    5. Bottom line:

    A. The Federal Government can now force you to buy something by calling it a tax!
    B. Your Health Care costs have gone up the past year and a half!
    C. The OBM says the Health Care Bill will cause increases of 25% per year when fully implemented!
    D. Young people will be forced to buy this and not have those funds for food or school!
    E. Lower income people not qualifying for Medicaid or Medicare will pay for this Health Care Plan out of pocket! Which item on their budget will get hit the most? Their available food budget!
    F. Many other points to be made!

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    July 4, 2012 10:25 p.m.

    When he enters a room, I don't think Mitt knows whether he is coming or going.

    I hope he is going...

  • George Bronx, NY
    July 4, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    so does this same criticism apply to Romney who said he would not and claims he did not raise taxes in Massachusetts when he was governor? He either needs to stop claiming he never raised taxes or stop trying to claim Obama did because of this law and I would expect you will be voting third party to keep from being labeled a hypocrite.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 4, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    We all need to learn not to get in such a twist with Mitt Romney's decisions about important issues concerning our government. He just seems to change his mind in a day or two, anyway.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 4, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    This is not a tax, because Obama said he wouldn't raise it, while cutting the deficit in half.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    July 4, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    Well - the water bucket carrying Jim Jones libs are out in full force on this one.

    williary said:

    "This fee/tax/penalty is easily avoidable ......... "

    And I call your line of logic nothing less than Extortion. You either do this, or I'll take money from you. One way or the other, you are going to pay.

    Does it matter whether it is called a TAX or not?? The bottom line is that it is MONEY out of my pocket. And by the way, there are at least 20 OTHER taxes within this so called health care law. You better wise up.

  • ChuloDO Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    I'd call Roberts calling it a tax as an exaggeration. It's a tax penalty--something that is easily avoidable. Otherwise, auto insurance is a tax, too. Those are good taxes.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 4, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    *licks finger*, *holds it up*, which way is the wind blowing?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 4, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    He kind of left open whether or not money stashed overseas constitutes wealth, however.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 4, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Another one of Mitt Romney's flip flops. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have lost count.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 4, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Mitt has decided that, for political purposes, he's going to characterize this penalty as a tax (despite the fact that the penalty doesn't walk like a tax or quack like a tax, to quote the old saying) just because Justice Roberts decided to mis-characterize it as a tax instead of a penalty (and thereby give the far right and/or the Republicans ammunition to use against the President). In other words, Mitt is going to (again) flip-flop by calling it a tax too.

    I am now wondering if Mitt is going to come clean, and admit that he profoundly raised taxes while he was Governor of Massachusetts, but tried to hide the fact by calling them "fees" instead of "taxes." What's good for the goose . . .

  • williary Kearns, UT
    July 4, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    Does Mitt Romney ever speak for Mitt Romney? Clearly his campaign knows where he stands, yet a little push from the right wing and Mitt will say whatever they want him to say.

    I view a tax as something unavoidable. This fee/tax/penalty is easily avoidable. Do the responsible thing, purchase health insurance for yourself and your family, saving the rest of us from having to pay for your trip to the emergency room you can't pay for. Do that simply, common sense thing and you never have to deal with this tax/fee/penalty. Call it whatever you want.

  • ChuloDO Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Mitt Romney settles it x2; he raised taxes when he was governor (OK; tax penalties)