Friday, June 29, 2012

Clearly We've Hit A Nerve at Team O

Got this email today from Stephanie Cutter at the Barack Obama campaign:

B --

I'd love to take a moment to savor yesterday's Supreme Court decision, but we don't have time.

Already, Mitt Romney and Republicans are out with outright falsehoods about Obamacare -- their favorite distortion being that this is somehow a broad tax on the middle class. In reality, this is all about personal responsibility -- and the "tax" they are trying to scare everyone about is actually a penalty for the 1 percent of people who can afford insurance but still choose not to buy it, leaving the rest of us to pay for their health care when they head to the emergency room.
Let's see, the Chief Justice just wrote an opinion that the only reason the mandate is constitutional is because it's a tax. The tax will apply to all of the middle class who will either have to buy government authorized health insurance (certainly a tax in itself) or pay a tax. But it's not a middle class tax increase. Stephanie, you're awesome, but thanks for showing us how panicked you are.

There are some more whoppers in the email:
Obamacare builds on and improves the nation's private health care system.

More like doubles down on everything wrong with the current system and rewards those who contribute to Obama's electoral success. Another whopper from Stephanie.

Romney distortion: "Obamacare also means that for up to 20 million Americans, they will lose the insurance they currently have."

The facts: Outright false.
Actually, says you just might lose your insurance.

Stephanie asks me to share her email with my friends and family, so I am happy to do so.


  1. Thanks. That Romney is such a meanie.

    Does Stephanie have an opinion on how much of America's economy will be swallowed in the black market? How many people will deal in cash only, no records, to avoid showing income that would place them in the taxable middle class? The guys my family hires to paint, paper, garden, refinish floors, and haul garbage appear to have firm middle class incomes, but it's all under the table. Guess lots more of us will be working that way soon.

  2. How totally irrational do you have to be to run around screaming it's not a tax when you've just won the biggest Supreme Court battle of the decade because the court said it was a tax?


  3. The "it's still not a tax" argument doesn't even pass the giggle test. if you want proof watch a Carney presser.

  4. The Black Market and "under the counter" folks scored big

  5. ar, 'Dawg, hadn't considered the black market angle, but historically there is a point of taxation where any product or service goes black market. Think of cigarettes and moonshine.

    KT, drozz, the whole it's not a tax except when we want it to be reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.