by: Robert Rich
Smooth talking Obama is at it again as he beats around the bush after being asked a question byABC News’ Jake Tapper. In an interview from 2009, when Tapper questioned the president on whether he feels that jail time is a suitablepunishment for those who choose not to enroll inObamacare, Obama’s answer is less than satisfying.
Obama conveys that just like with all other tax crimes, there is a punishment that must be given out in order to deter said crimes from being committed again. The justification behind his statement puzzles many Americans as he compares Obamacare to car insurance.
“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are — are burdened by because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty.”
The logic behind his argument makes no sense. You see, if you don’t want car insurance, there is one legal way to achieve this—don’t own a car. There is no such option with Obamacare as it is being mandated on the American people with no alternative. If the government can force you to buy something or else be fined or placed in jail, what is stopping them from placing this standard solely on health insurance?
Obama’s argument proves to not only be weak but not full in nature as well. He never seems to give Tapper a yes or no answer, but instead says some form of punishment should be dealt for Obamacareviolators. Tapper reiterates the question, rewording it in effort to receive a more sound answer.
In an agile ballet, Obama flawlessly tiptoes around the question yet again saying:
“I think I put out the principle that penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.”
Almost shutting down the reporter, the president seems to portray a body language signaling Tapper to back down. He effectively let viewers know he was not going to answer the question that may place him in a political predicament.
He did however try to soften the blow explaining that hardship clauses were written into Obamacare in order to help people that may not be able to afford the insurance offered by the government.