In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the ‘Obamacare’ mandate under Congress’s taxing power, Democrats are unifying behind a message to refute the GOP contention that they raised taxes on the middle class.
The Dems’ response: No, we didn’t. We simply punished freeloaders. Just as Mitt Romney did.
“It’s not a tax on the American people,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “It’s a penalty for free riders.”
“The massive so-called tax increase they’re talking about is the freeloader penalty,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said on CBS’ “Face The Nation, “which would affect at most 1-2 percent of people that could afford health care and instead want to be freeloaders on the rest of us with uncompensated care.”
The fine for noncompliance with the requirement to purchase health insurance would hit 4 million people, or just over 1 percent of the population, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The theory behind the provision is that when uninsured people use health care resources, they’re often unable to pay for them, so they end up passing the costs on to taxpayers. The mandate is an effort to force those individuals to pay upfront.