ABC News: "And the Supreme Court has stated that Obamacare is a tax, and so since they have ruled that it's a tax, it is a tax."
"Our position is the same as Mitt Romney's position. It's a tax."
But as we all know, the day before Reince made it so clear he and Mitt both considered the freeloader penalty a tax:
Eric Fehrnstrom, chief strategist for Mitt Romney, said Monday that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee did not consider the mandate to be a "tax" (but a penalty).
See? And yet, conservative voters never even noticed. Wow.
Important: One thing I heard over and over from from conservative talk hosts, was that Justice Roberts legislated from the bench when he changed what the Obama administration insisted was not a tax, to a tax. Yet:
While Congress was debating the bill in 2010, Obama insisted that the individual mandate was not a tax … while the president's solicitor general was defending the constitutionality of the case before the Supreme Court in March 2012, he expressly argued that it was a tax, in hopes that if the court found the mandate to be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, the taxing power could be used as a lifeline.
Do Republicans ever have to tell the truth about anything?