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Romney: ObamaCare mandate is a tax
For conservatives, the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare only magnifies the need to oust President Obama and get Mitt Romney into the White House.
For conservatives, the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare only magnifies the need to oust President Obama and get Mitt Romney into the White House.
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itt Romney told CBS News on Wednesday that he believes the controversial individual mandate in President Obama's health care law is, in fact, a tax, aligning himself with the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts, Republican leaders, and conservative commentators. On Monday, Romney's top spokesman and strategist said the presumptive GOP presidential nominee didn't believe the mandate — also a key feature in a Massachusetts health care law enacted by then-Gov. Romney — should be called a tax. Romney told CBS that the Massachusetts mandate still isn't a tax, just a "penalty," but that with ObamaCare, "the Supreme Court is the highest court in the nation, and it said that it's a tax, so it's a tax.... They have spoken. There's no way around that."

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