Discontent grows along with web of deceit

Last September, when Congress was debating nationalized healthcare legislation proposed by President Obama, conservative opponents challenged the idea by rightly declaring it to be a middle-class tax increase.

Conservatives were concerned, in part, about the bill’s individual mandate, which requires that all citizens and legal residents of the United States purchase qualifying healthcare coverage from a private insurance company or pay a penalty for noncompliance to the Internal Revenue Service.

In response, as part of the debate over the legislation, President Obama stubbornly and consistently maintained that the individual mandate to purchase insurance – enforced by monetary penalty – was not equivalent to a tax. He embarked a network television offensive to belabor his point, taking every opportunity to criticize Republicans who derided the mandate as such.

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