Brilliant!… Romney Adviser Says Obamacare Is Not a Tax – It’s a Penalty (Updated)

What was this guy thinking?
Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom went on MSNBC and told the far left network that Romney agrees with President Obama that the penalty in the mandate is not a tax.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said it was a tax.

The liberal media loved it.

The Romney camp sent this statement out to the press to try and clear things up later yesterday:

“The Supreme Court left President Obama with two choices: the federal individual mandate in Obamacare is either a constitutional tax or an unconstitutional penalty. Governor Romney thinks it is an unconstitutional penalty. What is President Obama’s position: is his federal mandate unconstitutional or is it a tax?” –Andrea Saul, Romney Campaign Spokesperson

UPDATE: Conservatives to Mitt: Quit Now If You Won’t Fight Obamatax!

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  • an observer

    This fool should be fired.

  • Militant conservative

    #1 I agree, Obama should be fired.

  • owl

    Mitt needs to get over it. Just face the bad decisions, own them. Stop with this ‘it depends on the meaning of is’ crap. Say it was bad when he did it and it did not work out.

    That is what would have thrown it back into their faces.

    All he had to do was say it was tried, it failed. As a businessman, I learn from mistakes.

    Geesh, stop the crap and your people from spouting it.

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  • Faye

    Just call it a Penalty Tax and be done with it, cause that is exactly what it is.

  • Bill Mitchell

    You people are missing the nuance here.

    If you agree with Roberts that the mandate is a tax, then you agree that Obamacare is constitutional. If you agree with Obama that it is not a tax but a fee under the commerce clause, then, despite Roberts ruling it remains unconstitutional.

    Saying it is a tax makes for good talking points despite the fact the tax argument is untrue.

    Wouldn’t it be hypocritical to argue that Obamacare is tax for political reasons at the same time you are arguing it should have been overturned because it is really a fee? You can’t have it both ways here.

    What this tells me is that Romney lives in a world of facts and not political expediency.

    It’s not a tax, it’s a fee – and therefore unconstitutional. Don’t say you disagree with Roberts ruling then use his flawed logic to bash Democrats. You look foolish.

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  • Obama Lies = Freedom Dies.. bg


    may be, however..

    the Majority of Justices in the Supreme Court
    Ruled the ObamaCare Mandates to be a TAX..

    ergo, no matter what anyone else says, it has been “legally
    defined”, ergo, that’s the fact of the matter, ergo, the OA
    had better learn to live with it..

    on the other hand, “we the people”, do not..



    What else could he say, After Romneycare and Obamacare are damn near identical. Mittens probably sold Romneycare as not a ‘tax’ as well.

    Romney and the GOP leadersip are already giving us a half hearted effort showing that repeal under them is nothing but saying what we want to hear. Mittens ‘advisors’ were the same ones who helped write Obamacare, the same advisors who championed it ‘benefits’ the same advisors who now argue with it being a tax.

    Romneycare has destroyed the middle class in Taxachuttes and Obamacare will do the same in America. Taxachuttes healthcare is extremely expensive and the socialist version of Romneycare is causing those that can to flee the state. Waiting lines are long and the quality of care is getting worse everyday. (I have several friends who live there)

    Romney, McConnell and Boner have no spine or idea on how free markets work. either way, with Obama or Mittens we will be screwed.

    Yep, the etch a sketch is alive and well with Mittens.

    Is there a third party to vote for this year?

  • Multitude

    Fehrnstrom is a nonstop gaffe machine and worse yet, is all about himself, not his candidate.

    Mitt: Fire or no contributions and no vote. (Not that it’ll matter… Fehrnstrom will take you to the bottom of the lake as he sinks without the assistance of anyone else)

  • Obama Lies = Freedom Dies.. bg


    hmm, here’s the “nuance”, the Obama PPCC (progressive political
    correctness constitution) camps are ceiling it a “tax penalty”, go
    figure.. /s/


  • Multitude

    You know, all Mittens had to do is come out and say SCOTUS further confirms why Mitt’s plan was right for Mass and wrong for the USFG:

    Done at the State level: a plan has constitutional authority as states can enact penalties and such to “encourage” behavior.

    Done at the Federal level: SCOTUS has shown the only way it can impose such a one-size-fits-all program that is insensitive to specific regional and state needs is to do it through its Constitutional authority to tax. It’s not allowed to impose penalties like a state.

    Answered this way, Mitt goes on offense and shows a clear distinction and separation between ObamaCare and RomneyCare, while also recognizing federalism/states rights and a limited national government. This is how a competent campaign and candidate handles an issue like this.

    Fehrnstrom’s answer shows we’re back in McCain incompetence and reach-across-the-aisle-to-get-your-ass-kicked foolishness. Fehrnstrom clearly just wants to be liked by the media, like McCain, Roberts, Lindsay Graham and the other disgusting RINO progressive ilk.

  • Larkin

    I happen to agree with Romney, and (God help me), obama.

    John Roberts was just too clever by half. Calling it a “tax” makes obamacare legal.

    To be legal, something has to abide by the constitution.

    This horrendous piece of legislation does not abide, in ANY way, shape or form.

  • pink tie Republican

    Hop-efully Romney has a heart attack and can’r run in November and we get Jim DeMint to give it a go. Or we gin up an Hawaii birth certificate for Nigel Farage and run him.

  • OldSailor

    The USSC says the individual mandate is constitutional … but only as a tax. But the Obama camp says it’s NOT a tax.

    I’m confused … is The One (Almost a God)’s camp admitting that his signature legislation is NOT constitutional?

    In sixteen different ways this thing isn’t constitutional starting with taxes must originate in the House but this abortion was born in the Senate. The Demodummies have claimed all along it’s not a tax but rammed it through the Senate using the Reconciliation rules which were written ONLY for finance and tax bills to prevent filibuster …

    I could go on and on and on … but you get the idea.

  • Patty

    Take Eric Fehrnstrom Off Television

    There he goes again.

    I’m sure Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom is a nice guy. Doubtless he loves dogs, cats, family and colleagues.

    But for the second time in a matter of months Mr. Fehrnstrom has managed to shoot his candidate in the foot — by flatly contradicting Governor Romney’s message.

    The last time, under intense scrutiny by conservatives that prompted the Governor to show up at CPAC and proclaim himself a “severe conservative” — Fehrnstrom took to the airwaves sometime later to say that well, no. Once Governor Romney was nominated he would morph into an “etch-a-sketch” candidate.


    There was the inevitable rush of apologies and, predictably, the story vanished.

    Now comes yet another Fehrnstrom story. Worse …infinitely worse…than the first.

    There was a small matter of a Supreme Court decision. In which, infamously, Chief Justice John Roberts voted with liberals to uphold ObamaCare — by declaring the mandate a tax.

    Now let’s recall the zillion times candidate Romney insisted — under withering criticism — that his views on health care (“RomneyCare”) for Massachusetts did not, would not, could not — not a thousand times ever and ever — apply to America as a whole. No sireeeeeeeeeeee Bob.

    I thought Roberts was bad nor this.

  • workingclass artist

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory….or something like that


  • Remco Kimber

    This is demonstrative of the EXACT reason I’m not four square with the likes of Romney. Here, he’s handed a dead-on conservative issue, one that he could and his minions and spokespeople s/b hitting over the wall, and what does Mittens do – he AGREES with Obama that it’s a penalty not a tax.

    Stated otherwise, Mitt ain’t one of us, and we know it. We’ll go along with him b/c Goal #1 is getting rid of Obama not necessarily electing Romney. Romney is not the one we really want or need. Neither was Nixon, nor Bush 41, nor Dole, nor Bush 43, nor McCain.

    SCOTUS tells us all that the mandate is a tax and b/c it’s a tax Roberts et alia say it passes any constitutional tax. Romney s/b screaming that tax increase on the middle class from the roof tops. But he’s not.