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Oh, that sneaky IRS. The Internal Revenue Service, some critics claim, has sidestepped the Supreme Court ruling that legitimized ObamaCare.
The IRS has taken the liberty to change a key term of the final rule on the ObamaCare individual mandate, avoiding the Supreme Court’s legal basis for ruling ObamaCare to be constitutional.
Originally, the Obama administration pitched the individual mandate as a penalty, not a tax. Then the high court ruled that the only reason ObamaCare could be constitutional is because the individual mandate is technically a tax.
However, after ObamaCare was approved, the IRS changed a key term from “tax” to “penalty,” The Daily Caller reports.
It now uses the term “Shared Responsibility Payment” more than 50 times to describe the mandate’s non-compliance penalty.
Keep in mind, the 75-page rule published by the IRS, which provides guidelines for enforcing ObamaCare is entitled “Shared Responsibility Payment for Not Maintaining Minimum Essential Coverage.”
There is more reason to be concerned.
The IRS document says on page 22:
“A commentator expressed a concern that a United States citizen or national who resides outside the United States may be subject to the shared responsibility penalty even if the individual has health care coverage provided by a foreign health insurance.”
One expert explains that using the term “Shared responsibility payment” in reference to what was actually legally defined as a tax could be an act of dishonesty.
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist says:
“They lied to the American people, lied to the Supreme Court, now they’re back to lying to the American people. It’s a historical attempt at coming up with a word other than taxes. ‘Revenues’ was driven into the ground. ‘Investment for spending’ was nice but even that gets a little old. ‘Stimulus’ sounds a little erotic. Now we’ve got ‘shared responsibility payment.’”
Figures that the IRS would find a way around the law here. They’ve been skirting the law on so many other issues.