No Mention of ‘Tax’ in Obama Reaction to Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

By Penny Starr | June 28, 2012 | 5:38 PM EDT

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett pool)

( – President Barack Obama did not mention the word “tax” in his remarks responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act was a tax that could be levied by Congress.

Obama said the high court’s decision was not about politics but about Americans “whose lives will be more secure” because of Obamacare.

“The highest court in the land has now spoken,” Obama said. “We will continue to implement this law.  And we'll work together to improve on it where we can. “But what we won’t do – what the country can’t afford to do – is refight the political battles of two years ago, or go back to the way things were,” Obama said.

The president did include in his remarks the theme of his reelection campaign – “Moving Forward” – twice.

“With today’s announcement, it’s time for us to move forward – to implement and, where necessary, improve on this law,” Obama said. “And now is the time to keep our focus on the most urgent challenge of our time: putting people back to work, paying down our debt, and building an economy where people can have confidence that if they work hard, they can get ahead.

“But today, I’m as confident as ever that when we look back five years from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years from now, we’ll be better off because we had the courage to pass this law and keep moving forward,” Obama said.