This morning, Democrats showed why they shouldn’t be trusted with anything anytime soon. During discussions on the ACA, most of which happened behind the locked doors of Nancy Pelosi’s, Harry Reid’s and Max Baucus’s doors, Democrats, including President Obama, insisted that the individual mandate wasn’t a tax.

When they got to court, both in the 11th Circuit and in the Supreme Court, this administration argued that the mandate was a tax.

Now that the ACA has been ruled constitutional because the mandate is a tax, Democrats have started shifting back to arguing that this isn’t a tax:

A top surrogate for President Obama insisted Friday that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was not a tax, despite the fact that the Supreme Court narrowly preserved the law on those grounds.

“Don’t believe the hype that the other side is selling,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters on a conference call.

“This is a penalty,” Patrick said. “It’s about dealing with the freeloaders.”

First, calling people freeloaders because they don’t have the type of health insurance that the government is mandating is reprehensible. Second, it isn’t just “the other side” that’s “selling” the ACA as a major tax increase. It’s the Supreme Court that’s saying it’s a major tax increase. Third, and most importantly, whether the mandate is a tax or not, the ACA has more than $675,000,000,000 worth of taxes in it.

I wrote here that DFL lawmakers from Minnesota and Democrats from across the nation gave the American people “a 21-tax salute” when they passed the ACA.

Democrats imposed

  • a 40% excise tax on the Cadillac health insurance policies that the UAW negotiated for their members
  • a “new 2.3% excise tax on certain medical devices” when they passed the ACA
  • “a new 10% tax on indoor UV tanning services”

. Those are verified facts, Gov. Patrick. They aren’t “hype that the other side is selling.” This AFP ad settles the point on whether it’s a tax or not: If the solicitor general in a Democratic administration argues that a bill passed against bipartisan opposition contains a tax, then it’s certain that this bill contains a huge regressive tax increase that hits the middle class hard. This thinking should frighten people:

But Patrick said that it was about keeping people from getting care in expensive emergency room settings rather than private care settings. Further, he said that it would affect about one to two percent of Americans. “By whatever name, it’s a solution,” Patrick said, still insisting that it wasn’t a tax.

How is a system that increases health care costs, that raises taxes on America’s middle class and that doesn’t appreciably shrink the number of uninsured “a solution”? That type of thinking isn’t stupid. It isn’t spin. It’s a bald-faced lie. That’s why Americans need to reject the Democrats this November. They’re disgustingly dishonest. They’re totally devoid of solutions that help the middle class. They’re utterly undeserving of positions of authority over anything.

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