Conservatives — apparently concerned that the term "Obamacare" wasn't providing quite as much ridicule or ire as was originally intended — have seized upon Chief Justice John Robert's mandate-as-tax rationale for deciding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional as an opportunity to rename health care reform.
Behold, you are witnessing the birth of history…
Rush Limbaugh: "Now all of a sudden since the Supreme Court ruling has come out and made this effectively ObamaTax instead of Obamacare"
Breitbart.com: "Liz MacDonald of Fox Business tells us that, with ObamaTax now being the law of the land, the IRS will, indeed, be a more intrusive presence in our private lives."
Gateway Pundit: "After a brief ObamaTax bump, Mitt Romney retook the lead over Barack Obama today. Maybe it was the realization that most of the ObamaTax burden will fall on the backs of the middle class."
Townhall: "Guess who will be paying for ObamaTax? The middle class."
NewsBusters: "Shortly after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling regarding ObamaTax, the vulgar comedian [Bill Maher] tweeted the former Republican vice presidential nominee…"
And of course the obligatory hashtag…
So can we now use the hashtag #ObamaTax ???
— GW Republicans (@GWRepublicans) June 28, 2012
Unfortunately, not everyone in the conservative universe has received the talking point memo…
[Romney advisor and progenitor of the "Etch A Sketch" meme] Eric Fehrnstrom, in an interview on MSNBC, said Romney agrees with President Obama that the individual mandate is no tax.
"He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax," Fehrnstrom said.
It sucks when an email gets sent to the spam folder by accident.
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