Mitt Romney, “Mr. President, what’s the rush?,” USA Today, July 30, 2009:
“No other state has made as much progress in covering their uninsured as Massachusetts.
“Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn’t have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages ‘free riders’ to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn’t cost the government a single dollar.” Emphasis added.
So now Mitt sees the mandate as tyranny, the end to liberty as we know it. But three years ago, it was just an ‘incentive’ to encourage personal responsibility, something Republicans are always yelling and screaming about as they seek to cut Medicaid and Schip and food stamps and extended unemployment benefits.
The GOP and Fox News are now ranting that Obamacare is a tax increase on every American. In Massachusetts, only about 1% have chosen to pay the Romneycare tax for not having health insurance. The CBO has estimated that about 4 million Americans will owe the tax, so less than 1% of the population.
Exactly how is a tax that 99% of the population won’t pay a tax increase on every American?