In light of the Supreme Court’s determination that Obamacare’s individual mandate is nothing more than a tax increase, a mind-boggling $1.76 trillion tax increase to be precise, I thought it would be useful to remind voters of The One’s campaign pledge in 2008:
Just in case that wasn’t clear, here’s a transcript:
I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase, not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
There are two positives from today’s decision. First, the Court has just handed Republicans a huge campaign issue. The GOP must relentlessly pound away on Obama’s broken campaign promise and enormous middle class tax increase every day between now and the election. Second, as the Daily Caller notes, the Court’s decision makes it easier for Republicans to repeal Obamacare should they win:
The court’s conversion of the mandate into a tax also suddenly eases the GOP’s practical problems of passing a reform through the Senate.
That’s because Senate rules allow a bare majority of 51 senators — not a super-majority of 60 Senators — to rewrite the controversial and unpopular law through reconciliation.
Senate Democrats won’t be able to filibuster a reform if they have less than 50 senators, especially if the Republican Party reclaims a majority in the Senate this November.
Now it’s up to the GOP to get the job done.