The ‘Jedi Mind Trick’ of the Obamacare Tax

By Eric Scheiner | July 3, 2012 | 6:04pm EDT

Some Democrats have been hitting the news shows following the Supreme Court ruling that Obamacare is constitutional, but they have had problems coming to grips that it was found constitutional on the grounds that the individual mandate penalty is a tax.

The opinion of the court written by Chief Justice John Roberts says, “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”

When the ‘individual mandate is a tax’ concept is presented to some Democrats, they just don’t find it acceptable. So they try to use the Jedi mind trick. They simply repeat ‘it is not a tax’ on various news shows, possibly hoping it will enter the minds of viewers and the host will repeat it back convinced that the tax does not exist.

“No, it's a penalty. No, it's a penalty,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted on NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ on Sunday. “It's a penalty that comes under the tax code for the one percent, perhaps, of the population who may decide that they're going to be free riders.”

“But it's a new tax,” host David Gregory said. “It is a new tax on the American people.”

“No, no, no. It's not a tax on the American people. It's a tax--it's a penalty for free riders.”

When White House chief of staff Jack Lew made a similar argument on ‘Fox News Sunday’ host Chris Wallace said, "Mr. Lew, they called it a tax."

"No, actually, technically what they said is, the Congress has many powers. There is the Commerce Clause, there's taxing powers, and it was constitutional. That's what they said. It doesn't matter what they call it."

Judging from the video clips from these programs posted above, the mind trick that works in a galaxy far, far, away is going to have a tougher time close to home.

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