Despite earlier claims by the White House that the individual mandate is a “penalty” not a tax, President Barack Obama on Friday used the word “tax” to describe his health care overhaul during a campaign rally in Virginia.
“By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax,” Obama said during a campaign event in Roanoke, Va. “The only thing that’s happening to you is that you now have more security because insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick.”
It doesn’t appear the president misspoke or made a mistake, as he made no attempt to walk back his statement or correct himself.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said last month the mandate is “a penalty because you have a choice” to buy insurance or pay the the “penalty” fee.
Watch the video of President Obama describing his health care law as a “tax” here: