In a hearing of the House Budget Committee Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., pressed [Acting OMB Director Jeffrey] Zients on whether the penalty that the health care law imposes on individuals who do not purchase health insurance constitutes a tax. Eventually, Zients said it did not.
So what? Philip Klein goes on:
But this directly contradicts one of the arguments the Obama administration is making before the Supreme Court in defense of the health care law, which is that the mandate is Constitutional because it’s a tax and government has taxing power.
Which is kind of an important point, here: I mean, we’re all used to the idea that Obama lies when it suits him. Too much of the rest of the country is not at that stage of awareness, though.
PS: Meet Scott Garrett (R, NJ).
He gets to give these little knee-to-the-groins now because we flipped the House in 2010. Just in case you were wondering whether there was any point to it all.