Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the mandate in President Obama’s health care reform functions as a tax, making it constitutional under the federal government’s taxing power. Republicans and conservative media figures immediately jumped on this point, accusing the Obama administration of a massive tax hike. This puts Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presidential candidate, in an awkward spot. He signed precisely the same kind of mandate into law in a health care reform bill in Massachusetts, and his top campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom has explicitly insisted that mandate was not a tax.
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