Maybe an individual mandate is a tax cut

Stephanopoulos tried to argue today that by requiring all Americans to get health insurance, President Obama was imposing a tax increase on those Americans who don’t have insurance – because he’s requiring them to pay money for something (an odd argument, since by that definition, shopping for food, or buying a CD, is a tax increase). But in any case, if one wants to argue that making someone pay a monthly fee for insurance is a tax increase, then lowering the monthly premiums for the rest of us – which supposedly Obama’s plan is going to do – would be a tax cut for the rest of us. And considering more of us are insured than uninsured, that would mean most of the country would be getting a pretty large tax cut. So there.

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