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“General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax,” said Justice Samuel Alito, in one of the few laugh lines throughout the 90 minutes of argument Monday.

It seems that the Obama administration is prepared to argue the individual mandate is both a tax as well as not a tax.

That’s certainly a novel position.

Back in December, I called the mandate a tax:

The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act amounts to a tax increase on the young and healthy in order to pay for care for the old and unhealthy. Democrats are quick to say that the “fine” isn’t a tax, but in practicality the two are all but the same. A “fine” of $750 for not buying insurance seeks to punish people for living. Unlike auto insurance, which is mandated for people who drive, health insurance is mandatory for being alive.

I’d back off my language a bit, but the core argument remains. This is either a tax, or it’s not. It’s certainly not both.

When you’re being openly laughed at by both Alito and Breyer, you’re clearly making an ass-hat of yourself. 

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Alito is the asshole 13 year old who laughs at his own jokes…

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