U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says individual mandate is a penalty, not a tax listen07/05/12 Janelle Irwin
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld major parts of the federal Affordable Care Act including the so-called individual mandate based on their ruling that it was a tax. Now Republicans are claiming supporters of the federal healthcare law are implementing taxes on the middle class. At a press event in St. Petersburg today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson who supports the law said that it is a penalty, not a tax.
in an interview yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the mandate is a tax. But in an earlier statement, his senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney disagrees with the court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax. Fehrnstrom added that the individual mandate in the Massachusetts healthcare law is a penalty, not a tax. Under the law, if people don’t have health insurance they could be charged a fine.