U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says individual mandate is a penalty, not a tax
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07/05/12 Janelle Irwin
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Sen. Nelson (D-Fla) at a press event in St. Petersburg.


photo by Janelle Irwin

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.

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Mr.

Penalty or tax, it pays back the political bribes that helped Obama win office. The good news is, you don't have to pay the penalty. The IRS can only withhold any potential rebate so as long as you owe them money when you file, they have no powers to collect the penalty. Join me in a protest vote - do not pay the fine and let us push for a universal system run by non-profits.