Dem Rep. James Clyburn: Obamacare Mandate Is a â€śTaxâ€ť On â€śFreeloaders Who Donâ€™t Purchase Insuranceâ€ťâ€¦
Wait, theyâ€™re now calling it a tax?
(CNSNews.com) â€” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant House Democratic leader, admitted Wednesday that the individual mandate found in the Obamacare is a tax imposed on those who donâ€™t purchase insurance.
On Capitol Hill, Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked Clyburn: â€śIn voting to uphold the Affordable Care Actâ€™s individual mandate, are you voting for a tax?â€ť
The number three Democrat in the House replied, â€śAm I voting for a tax? Only on those freeloaders who donâ€™t purchase insurance.â€ť
CNSNews.com followed up with the question: â€śSo is [Supreme Court Chief Justice] John Roberts wrong in calling it a tax?â€ť
â€śNo,â€ť Clyburn replied. â€śRoberts said, I cannot find a way to uphold this under the Commerce Clause but I can find it under the taxing authority of the Congress,â€ť replied Clyburn.