Remember Bill Clinton's linguistic sleight of hand in answering whether or not he was alone with Monica Lewinsky?
"It all depends on what your definition of "is" is."
I think I have discovered Obama's "Is" is moment. On September 20, 2009 Obama was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos.
Obama keeps dancing around the cost of insurance and insurance "affordability", but denies it is a tax. At 3:17, George Stephanopoulos asks him point blank: “How is that not a tax?”
“Absolutely NOT a tax increase.” - BHO
Then, he makes the false analogy with car insurance, though the government compels no one to buy insurance if they elect not to buy a car!
“You can’t just make up that language” -BHO
Then compares increases in private insurance company premiums to taxes mandated by the government and enforced by the I.R.S.
Five minutes in, George gives him the definition of tax increase. Obama says defining it is “proof” somehow that it means something else. (Who writes this guy’s material, anyway?)
"You reject that it is a tax increase?" -GS
“I absolutely reject that notion. “ -BHO
Was he lying then, or is he lying now?
Obama Administration Admits Health Care Initiative is a Tax
After campaigning extensively on no tax increase for anyone making under $250,000 a year, then insisting the money paying for health care wouldn’t be paid for by a tax increase, it seems the president finally admits to lying. This came in the New York Times, on July 18, 2010, buried on page 18 in an article by Robert Pear, “Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax.”
When Barack Obama was running for president and insisting health care would not be paid for by a tax increase some Republicans, including Senator John McCain, called him on it. It was all denial, denial, denial. In September 2009, when President Obama was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News show “This Week”, Obama said, “for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”
By declaring the insurance mandate a "tax", BHO has guaranteed that he will not raise the taxes of any one who makes less than $250,000 a year, but every one who makes that little.
George Orwell would have been proud!