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It was that great philosopher Shirley MacLaine, I believe, who said, "It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love with himself, drunk or running for office." This should shock absolutely no one:

In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax -- even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation.

Late last night, the Obama Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss the Florida-based lawsuit against the health care law, arguing that the court lacks jurisdiction and that the State of Florida and fellow plaintiffs haven't presented a claim for which the court can grant relief. To bolster its case, the DOJ cited the Anti-Injunction Act, which restricts courts from interfering with the government's ability to collect taxes.

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Put another way, the administration is now arguing in federal court that Obama signed a massive middle-class tax increase, in violation of his campaign pledge.

But the government is absolutely not taking over health care, and anybody who says otherwise is just a nut.


Fri, 06/18/2010 - 2:07pm

Well, government tried to take over health care, but Republicans, who apparently have no use for majority rule, blocked it.
I agree, except I'm not being satirical. Anybody who says government has taken over health care is indeed nuts.
It's still in the hands of private industry. You know, like oil drilling in the Gulf.
Dick Cheney has been strangely quiet lately.

tim zank
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 5:07pm

Barry & his socialist minions will argue either side of any argument, blatantly lie, obfuscate and pay off anyone necessary (read: unions) to acheive their perceived utopia.

To them, the arguments need not make sense, as long as the end result is the ultimate collapse of our economy and the addition of millions of democrat voters lining up for the government cheese.

john b. kalb
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 6:33pm

Leo - Did you know that the Obamacare Health Bill contained the following exact quote, "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" This was on page 203, line 14-15 of the house bill which was the one "deemed passed" by the Senate. 1984 "Newspeak" is alive and well in Washington DC !!

tim zank
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 7:38pm

john b...that's precisely why they rammed it through without ANYONE being able to read it or analyze it. It was never about an urgent need for healthcare, it was about covering up what is actually in it and causing the insurance industry to crumble, which it soon will.

When all is said and done, and the dust clears, there will be an awful lot of disappointed democrats standing in very long lines with very little hope and even LESS change.