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The Hill reported:
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) has proposed fighting back against the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision by amending the Constitution so that no law can be considered a tax unless Congress designates it as a tax.
Conservatives were left confused and angry by the court’s decision to hold that the 2010 law’s requirement to buy health insurance, backed by penalties, could be seen as consistent with the Constitution if viewed as a tax.
That decision prompted Republicans to argue that the law itself clearly identifies the monetary fine as a penalty for failing to buy insurance, and to note that President Obama also repeatedly stressed that this penalty is not a new tax.
“The president stated clearly, and on multiple occasions, that the individual mandate was not a tax as he sold it to Congress and the American people,” Quayle said. “However, he was more than happy to see the Supreme Court uphold the law on the basis that it is, in fact, a tax.
“My amendment requires that all taxes levied by Congress be labeled honestly and openly as taxes during the legislative process,” Quayle added. “The American people deserve to know the full implications and consequences of legislation passed by Congress.”
Quayle’s amendment, H.J.Res. 114, would hold simply that, “No provision of law shall be construed as having been made in execution of the power of Congress to lay and collect taxes unless such law has been designated by Congress as a tax.”
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