The White House Press Secretary has issued a late dissent in yesterday's Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare. While the law's key provision -- formerly known as the individual mandate -- survived only under Congress' power to levy taxes, Carney seemed to take issue with the description aboard Air Force One today. In a gaggle with reporters, he explained the difference between a tax and a penalty.
Here is an excerpt from the transcript:
Q But for that 1 percent, is it a tax or a penalty?
MR. CARNEY: It's a penalty because you have a choice. You don’t have a choice to pay your taxes, right? You have a choice to buy -- if you can afford health insurance -- and you can, I assume, Jared. So if you don't buy it, and you can afford it, it is an irresponsible thing to do to ask the rest of America’s taxpayers to pay for your care when you go to the emergency room. So your choice is to purchase health care reform or a penalty will be administered.