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Even card-carrying liberal George Stephanopoulos was incredulous on ABC’s “This Week” back in 2009 when he heard President Obama deny ObamaCare’s mandate constituted a tax. “It’s still a tax increase,” Stephanopoulos insisted, to which Obama countered: “No, no, that’s not true, George. For us to say that you’ve got to take responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”
Then Obama doubled down for emphasis and effect:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it’s a tax increase?
OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion.
This denial is central to what the Supreme Court did in upholding ObamaCare and why the Congress must act immediately to repeal every last word of it. Both the president and Democratic-controlled Congress shoved this 2,000-plus page monstrosity down the public’s throat by insisting it wasn’t a tax. But in court the Obama administration argued it was indeed, exactly what they told America it wasn’t — and the Court upheld it.
This has to be the greatest sleight-of-hand in history. If the public had known from the beginning ObamaCare was just one enormous tax increase (actually, some two dozen different tax increases); if Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and their foot soldiers hadn’t willfully lied, time and again to the American people, this never would have passed Congress in the first place.
No one can deny this.
Justice Roberts upheld a deception. There’s no nice way to sugarcoat it.
The Supreme Court had a sacred duty to the Constitution to reject this blatant federal power grab, passed in the halls of Congress with the largest bait-and-switch ever perpetrated upon the American people. Four justices, including the so-called “swing” vote clearly saw it this way. For the majority to codify this deception is a disgrace.
The American people — the real victims in this atrocity — have only one recourse remaining: Congress. Now only Congress can repeal it.
The problem, of course, is Congress.
We are perhaps only moments away from the precipice, and we could avoid calamity, but only if we are prepared to slam on the brakes of government overreach.