In the following video, Obama argues against the individual mandate (he was running against Hillary Clinton when he said it).
Obama was against the individual mandate before he was for it. He didn’t want the mandate because then the American people could be made to buy anything by the government. (No, I’m not joking, he seriously said these things, listen for yourself).
Today the government argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States that the individual mandate was not a tax and tomorrow they will argue that it is a tax. They want it both ways.
Justice Alito pointed out the contradiction –
“Today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax,” he told Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., the administration’s lead advocate. “Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax. Has the court ever held that something that is a tax for purposes of the taxing power under the Constitution is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act?”
If the individual mandate is a tax, read my lips, Obama promised NO NEW TAXES!