The Supreme Court handed over a ruling to Obama on a silver platter, on his signature health-care issue Thursday, but the justices also provided Republicans with a sharper campaign issue by defining the law’s individual mandate as a tax.
The ruling allows Obama to engage in a four-month-long victory lap as he campaigns for re-election. Obama has devoted so much time and energy to passing the law in 2009 despite the economy was in free fall, a divisive vote that contributed to Democrats losing the House in 2010.
I am sure he will never say the word tax during his victory lap, which is exactly how the Supreme Court worded the law.
“It will be a short-lived celebration in the White House,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. “Obama now goes into the fall campaign defending a law that most Americans think will increase their health care costs, their premiums, their taxes, and the deficit. He also has to defend raising taxes on all Americans, which he pledged not to do.”
Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican and a member of the tea party caucus, said Obama’s victory will be “fleeting” and argued that most Americans didn’t like the law’s individual mandate in the first place.
“They’ll like it even less when they understand it’s a tax,” Mr. Lee said on Fox News.
The high court’s ruling leaves in place 21 tax increases in the health-care law costing more than $675 billion over the next 10 years, according to the House Ways and Means Committee. Of those, 12 tax hikes would affect families earning less than $250,000 per year, the panel said, including a “Cadillac tax” on high-cost insurance plans, a tax on insurance providers, and an excise tax on medical device manufacturers.
“This is a clear violation of the president’s pledge to avoid tax hikes on low and middle income taxpayers,” said in a statement from the panel, which is chaired by Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican.
On the campaign trail four years ago and since taking office, Obama has been fond of saying that middle-class families will not see their taxes rise “a single dime” under his leadership.
The president joked this spring about the possibility of the court overturning his primary achievement. At the annual House Correspondents’ Dinner, he said, “In my first term, we passed health care reform; in my second term, I guess I’ll pass it again.”
He has accomplished nothing of any benefit in 4 years to help the American people. Obama’s main accomplishment has been to completely destroy our Constitution bit by bit, and if he gets another 4 years there will be nothing let.
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