Politics of mandate as a tax
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:39
- Date Jun 28, 2012
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I can make big firm pledge under my plan know -- Making.
Less than 250000.
Dollars a year.
We'll see any form of tax increase not your income tax not your payroll tax not your capital gains taxes.
Not any of your tax.
Can you still make that promise people today I can still keep that promise because as I said.
About two thirds of what we've proposed would be from money that's already hidden in the health care system but just being spent badly.
If your family earns less than 250000.
Dollars a year and a quarter million dollars a year.
-- not see your taxes increased a single not.
President Obama repeated many times at the health care mandate his health care law was not.
A tax increase absolutely rejecting that notion.
Many times now the only reason that it is upheld by the US Supreme Court.
Is because it has been listed as a tax increase would back with the panel politics of this how it plays -- Well Republicans have retains a grassroots energy.
From opponents of Health Care Reform.
And this will be ending that they will be engaged and this will be an incredible political benefit from it Romney.
This and they hit it again we're looking at a bunch of income taxes.
Possibly being raised area -- December 31 of this year and the Republicans will certainly campaign against this as a tax increase.
The one problem is for Republicans visit if they spend too much time talking about health care.
And the mandate.
After the fast and furious investigation.
And the fact that the court has ruled that that mandate was constitutional under the commerce.
I mean under that that that -- -- tax.
There is going to be a voter who maybe wasn't have a strong opinion on this who says whenever they just gonna have.
Shut off and start talking about the economy again there is a -- a little bit of a risk.
-- of overreaching.
And and seeming once again like you've taken your focus off of job -- we're hearing that from Democrats today it's time to move on move on was the phrase.
We heard repeatedly charts but that's of course of sorted the of the -- and even taken -- fact.
How can you abandon an argument about a lot -- -- about the impact everybody's life.
So I think it's a very strong Republican argument I think -- Obama has a victory today the prestige -- prestige -- -- -- you know he doesn't crash and burn however he now has an issue on his hands which was extremely strong.
He defeating the Republicans in 2000 intent that then yes -- I'm sorry that the Democrats in 2010.
Yes the intensity is less and he has the effect as last however there were -- Republicans have a very strong arm isn't only that he's gonna raise your taxes.
It's the bigger the larger argument about Obama expanding government expanding -- -- expanding spending in a way that is unconscionable to a lot of Americans.
And that I think is going to be the essential argument.
And that hasn't been changed yes Romney had instituted something like it in Massachusetts but elections are about the future about the past.
Romney says -- -- abolish it on day one that's still a very strong -- Jeff -- about this argument that Republicans many of them have taken it today and said if the president has said this is attacks from the very beginning or if Democrats had sold that.
He would have gone down in flames in the senate it just would have had support so easy disingenuous.
Then to pass a bill on something that it's not.
But then it really it's.
Well yes it wasn't disingenuous at the time but you're right I mean senator Ben Nelson from Nebraska would not have been the sixteenth had it been.
Attacks he would not have been joined by -- Mary Landrieu of Louisiana or Mark Pryor.
Of Arkansas or Claire McCaskill of Missouri on and on and on so I think at at the time it was not present and is that.
-- you probably have to take the president at his word and those interviews because it would have been politically risky from the sort of present this.
-- attacks of this was just as we said in the earlier panel this is -- chief Justice Roberts looking for an end game here.
And you know who knows what he had in his mind he knew that that -- -- ruling would be interpreted as it's being.
Introverted so a short term gain we don't know how this'll plant between now and a member of the one true challenge for governor Romney has.
He is not.
Probably the strongest messenger to make the argument but attacked -- is -- very similar situation in Massachusetts he did not use.
The argument that other Republicans on the hill reason today he just said simply elect me repeal Obama -- but once if this becomes a full on argument.
About is this -- tax or not.
He is going to again be tripped up by the Massachusetts mandate.
-- I think this is a gift to governor Romney I think this will drive Republicans -- at conservatives toward -- many of whom had some doubts about him.
You know I have a few friends with whom I communicate on Twitter and FaceBook from time to time these are very small government people they are beside themselves over this.
And may actually take a look at governor Romney.
Because they don't want President Obama to be in office and to implement this if he plays it right.
He will draw a lot of votes that -- otherwise might not gotten to run -- campaign has already sent in the millions that have come in since them the vote came.
No I think it does help him I don't think people -- -- she stayed in when he did in Massachusetts.
This is about intrusiveness of government this is the best example of -- and that's the argument with which Republicans are gonna win if -- -- gonna win in November.