Romney in a Pickle Over Healthcare Ruling

Where does Romney stand on mandates? Tax or penalty?

From CBSNews:

President Obama’s health care law has always been a tough issue for his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because Romney signed a similar plan into law when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Now, Romney’s campaign finds itself in a skirmish over the issue with some fellow Republicans.

Romney’s attempt to distance himself from Mr. Obama’s law got tougher Monday when senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom veered off-message, saying the mandate in Romney’s own health care plan was a penalty, not a tax – essentially siding with the president.

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

Since the court’s decision Thursday, practically every GOP leader has used the decision as proof the president’s signature legislation is a massive tax hike on Americans.

On the CBS News broadcast “Face the Nation” Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner insisted, “It’s now a tax, since the court says it’s a tax.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R – Wis.) said on “ABC This Week” Sunday, “Believe me, if this was brought to the public as a tax, there’s no way this law would have passed into law in the first place.”

It’s a tricky spot for Romney.

From day one, he’s campaigned on a vow to scrap Mr. Obama’s health care law, but as Massachusetts governor, he signed the first individual mandate at the state level.

Like Us On Facebook!

More on the Banter:

The Ultimate Christmas Gift: A Banter Membership!

The Ultimate Christmas Gift: A Banter Membership!

With only three days to go till Christmas, the rush to buy shiny things for relatives they'll probab[Read more...]
President Obama Condemns Killings Of Two NYPD Officers
The Sony Story Once Again Proves That Hackers Are Absolutely Not "Young Online Activists"

The Sony Story Once Again Proves That Hackers Are Absolutely Not "Young Online Activists"

The skewing of Snowden's story into the utterly bizarre territory of defending and legitimizing hack[Read more...]
Upbeat President Obama Skips 'Naughty' TV Reporters In Year-End Press Conference

Upbeat President Obama Skips 'Naughty' TV Reporters In Year-End Press Conference

President Obama held his last press conference of the year today, and you'd never know he just got t[Read more...]
This Healthy Dog Will Die If a Dead Woman Gets Her Last Wish