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By Misty - Posted on 02 July 2012
Mitt Romney first introducing the Individual Mandate at Heritage Foundation in Jan. 2006
It blows my mind how many conservatives are willing to fool themselves into thinking that Romneycare and Obamacare aren't the same thing.
Worse yet, if the mandate is in fact a tax (as Republicans now say it is), then it's completely constitutional, as congress has the power to tax.
Update: Romney now says the mandate is a tax, meaning, of course, that Romney raised taxes in Massachusetts.
Of course, that's the only thing he did that could be considered a tax. Everything else were only fees!
Romney created 33 new fees, and raised 57 existing fees in order to increase revenue. Romney raised job-killing fees for small business, including hair salons, nurses, plumbers, home inspectors, and realtors.According to John McCain's failed 2008 campaign:
The McCain campaign is wrong in claiming that fees were raised for the Blind, but Romney did push for the creation of a state issued "Certificate of Blindness," at a cost of $10, and a photo-ID version for $15.
"Romney proposed a fee on mentally retarded citizens of $100 to pay for an intake assessment at the Department of MentalRetardation. The assessment was previously free. The test was todetermine their eligibility for state services. The legislature rejectedRomney's proposed fee."
"Romney proposed a $50 fee for tuberculosis tests and wanted to charge a $400 fee if the person tested positive."
OBAMA Rips Mitt For "Abandoning a Principle"... because of "pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh"
Obama, in an interview with WLWT in Cincinnatti that’s set to air today, slammed Mitt Romney for flip flopping on whether Obamacare’s individual mandate is a tax:
I can't wait for the debates. Mitt Romney is in way over his head.
On a day which started with less than favorable employment figures, which should have been an easy winner for Romney, President Obama had a slam-dunk day, including this moment in which an Ohio woman tearfully thanked President Obama for passing health care reform. This is what the Affordable Health Care Act really means.
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