Obama wants to call it an "individual mandate" for buying health insurance (to the tune of a $900 fine for a single and up to a $3,800 fine for a family of four if they don't provide evidence of a sufficient health insurance plan when they file their taxes) and says "I absolutely reject the notion" that it's a tax.
"A tax is when you take money involuntarily from people and use it for a public purpose" as noted by Greta van Susteren's guest tonight.
And when you have to report such a policy (or lack thereof) on your *tax return*, with the proceeds to be collected by the IRS or be penalized by the IRS ... THEN IT'S A FREAKING TAX!
So much for ObaMao's promise during his campaign that he would absolutely *not* increase taxes on those making under $250,000 a year ... wait, the it was $200,000 a year ... which, changed to $150,000 a year ... anyone know the threshold now?
Notice in the video below how Obama condescendingly scolds George Stephanopolous for consulting Merriam Webster's Dictionary to get the most commonly-recognized definition of the word "tax" ... and he accused Stephanopolous of "stretching" to make his point because he had to look up the definition. Puhleeeze! Stephanopolous was attempting to make sure he wasn't misinterpreting the word or misapplying motives to Dear Leader.
As Greta pointed out, "on page 29 of Max Baucus's bill, it says "the consequences for not maintaining insurance would be an excise *tax*" ... if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck ... well, you get the idea.