(Audio ) Maxine Waters : "I Have Not Decided Whether Or Not To Call Obamacare Mandate A Tax"Submitted by emalvini on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:38
(Audio) Maxine Waters : "I Have Not Decided Whether Or Not To Call Obamacare Mandate A Tax"
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual health insurance mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law as a tax, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters praised the court’s ruling but told The Daily Caller that she personally has “not decided” whether or not to call the mandate a tax.
TheDC asked Waters if she agrees with Chief Justice John Roberts that the provision requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine is a federal tax.
“What I have not decided is whether or not it’s better to call it a tax or a mandate. What I have decided is it’s absolutely necessary that it be paid for, that if we’re going to cover all of these preexisting conditions that I just alluded to, we have to have the income by which to do it and so I have not decided that one may be better than the other,” she told TheDC. “I’m going to think about that and I’m going to review and perhaps I’ll have a different opinion on it later on but right now I’m just happy.”
When pressed on the issue, Waters would not say if the Democratic-controlled Congress intended to create a new tax when it passed the health care law in 2010.