(CNSNews.com) - "The incredible irony here is that in upholding Obamacare, Roberts et. al. have formally also declared Obama to be a monumental liar," said L. Brent Bozell III, president of the conservative Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com. "And in the most bizarre twist of them all, they upheld the lie by declaring this to be a tax.
"Conservatives -- Republicans -- can now campaign on the line of attack that a) this is the greatest expansion of power in history; b) this is the greatest tax increase in history; and c) this is the greatest presidential deception in history.
"From now til Election Day the GOP should simply run clips of Obama insisting this wasn't a tax," Bozell said.
NOT a tax, Obama insisted in 2009
The Supreme Court, in upholding the constitutionality of the Democrats' "Affordable Care Act" on Thursday, decided that the law's individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine -- "may reasonably be characterized as a tax."
But that's not what President Obama said before the bill became law.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos in September 2009, President Obama insisted that telling people to get health insurance "is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs."
Stephanoupolos read Obama the Merriam Webster definition of "tax increase."
Obama responded: "George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition."
'Imperative in unequivocal'
Conservatives, including Bozell, are insisting that Republicans do what they promised -- repeal Obamacare:
"The imperative in unequivocal," Bozell said Thursday. "Either the GOP repeals Obamacare or we should repeal the GOP."
"What was a sickening betrayal of the Constitution today could become a tidal wave of renewed commitment to the Founders' vision if we are willing to put our political futures on the line. The Republicans either are, or aren't committed to this. And if not, they need to be cast aside, for once and for all."
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