While discussing Obamacare’s individual mandate in Roanoke, Va., today, President Barack Obama said, “If you have health insurance, you’re not getting hit with a tax.” The obvious conclusion is that if you don’t have health insurance, you will get hit with a tax.
Oh Barack, now you’ve tossed Twitter into a tizzy:
Admits it is a tax, not a penalty? RT @mollyesque: Obama: "If you have health insurance, you're not getting hit with a tax."
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 14, 2012
@BuzzFeedAndrew Sounded that way, didn't it?
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) July 14, 2012
And the Obamabots are upset we’re even talking about such a thing! Leave King Barry alone!
@BuzzFeedAndrew I've never seen such a dumb word game consume our politics and media. Well, except maybe the "czars."
— Zachary Pleat (@zpleat) July 14, 2012
Meanwhile, conservatives add a little commentary on Obama’s rhetorical bumbling:
and if you don't…you are RT @mollyesque: Obama: "If you have health insurance, you're not getting hit with a tax."
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 14, 2012
It must be tough for Obama to keep track of all the taxes he wishes he could impose on America — he said as far back as 2009 that Obamacare was “absolutely not a tax increase.” Even the leftist dimwits at ThinkProgress can’t get it straight. And somewhere orbiting another universe, Donna Brazile has tried and failed to relabel it a “wellness penalty.” Good luck with that.
(Video courtesy of Buzzfeed.)