Not A Tax

July 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

“The governor believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty, and he disagrees with the court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax.”

  • Eric Fehrnstrom, senior advisor to the Romney Campaign, July 2, 2012
  • Source: The Daily Rundown With Chuck Todd (video)
  • Context: Fehrnstrom was on the show to discuss the Affordable Care Act, which was deemed constitutional in its entirety. Specifically, he was asked about Romney’s stance on the individual mandate penalty, which Republicans are calling a Tax, but which Romney has argued was not a tax, both when he was pushing health care reform in Massachusetts and during presidential debates. Asked directly if Romney agrees with Obama that the individual mandate should not be characterized as a tax, Fehrnstrom said: “That’s correct.” On July 4, Romney contradicted his own senior advisor, Fehrnstrom, in a CBS interview (video) saying that he believed the penalty was a tax. This contradicts his earlier positions, which he held as recently as 2009, when he touted the individual mandate and argued that it should be adopted by the federal government.

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