“The governor disagreed with the ruling of the court,” Fehrnstrom said. “He agreed with the dissent that was written by Justice [Antonin] Scalia, which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.” – [Politico]
ETCH A SKETCH Romney man and senior advisor, gaffeman extraordinaire Eric Ferhnstrom, has done it again. If this guy was a woman he’d be looking for a new line of work. In an interview with Chuck Todd today, he walked away from the “tax” argument given to Team Romney by Chief Justice Roberts. Instead, he extolled the consistency of former Gov. Romney, once again blowing the message Republicans and the right want to use to bludgeon Team Obama.
So, if you’re keeping score, Chief Justice Roberts sides with the majority, the liberals, on the Supreme Court, upholding Obamacare, while stating it’s not the Court’s job to adjudicate between a law written by the legislative branch and politicians put there by the people, but at the same time hemming in Congress through his denouncement against the Commerce Clause as a valid vehicle, citing tax to validate Obamacare constitutionality.
Republicans freak, flop around rhetorically, then regroup and get exercised about having the tax issue from Roberts, calling it the “largest middle class tax increase in U.S. history,” which came after Rush Limbaugh’s “the biggest tax increase in the history of the world,” the premise such a deliciously easy canard to prove false.
Meanwhile, right on cue, Democrats get defensive over the tax issue, as they always do in the Obama era.
Then today, in another general election gift to rival Etch a Sketch but will be remembered a lot longer, Mitt Romney’s top advisor gives Democrats the nod against Republicans working against Obama.
Not even Aaron Sorkin could have scripted this one.
It doesn’t matter if you call it a tax, as Chief Justice Roberts decreed in his political opinion, or a “penalty,” as former Gov. Romney and Pres. Obama both prefer. Insisting all Americans pay for health insurance in some form is the crux of it.
We the People are in this together and if you want to use the capitalistic services of the health care industry, in all its bloated fee glory, which we each will at some point in our lives (see Justice Ginsburg’s opinion), then you’ll have to pay for it. Most people already do through their employers in some form, so most won’t be impacted at all from the tax/penalty.
Bottom line: no free-loaders.
That used to be a conservative notion, but today Republicans are so far right it isn’t, and where they once stood Democrats have taken up court.