Conservative group hits Obama over health care using tax ruling
June 29th, 2012
07:35 PM ET
8 years ago

Conservative group hits Obama over health care using tax ruling

(CNN) - American Crossroads, which has previously advertised in battleground states and Senate races, on Friday announced a week-long national cable buy focused on the Supreme Court's ruling that President Barack Obama's health reform law includes a new tax.

The court ruled that the fee that individuals who are required to but do not obtain health insurance would pay is constitutional and a tax, prompting a new outcry from Republicans and providing the basis for Crossroads' new advertisement.

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"Uninsured Americans face a seven hundred dollar tax under Obamacare, increasing every year," the ad says. "Now it's official: Obama increased taxes on struggling families."

The ad, and other Republican's statements, point to instances of Obama saying the health reform law would not mean a tax increase.

Crossroads - one of a pair of big-spending conservative organizations founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove - said the ad is a six-figure buy and will air for approximately a week, starting Saturday.

A memo released by the group on Thursday said, "Obama and Democrats now own an issue that is popular only with a small minority of partisans and ideologues, and which is wildly unpopular with older Americans and independent voters with high propensities to vote."

The first poll taken after the Supreme Court's Thursday ruling found the public divided on the outcome. The USA Today/Gallup poll had 46% in agreement with, and 46% opposed to, the ruling.

Romney's campaign also announced a new ad on Friday. This $630,000 buy will be their first general election spot in the key battleground of Florida, and features an ad using then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s criticism of Obama.

Also see:

Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight

Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling

Romney reacts to health care ruling, renews repeal pledge

Obama: Supreme Court decision is a 'victory'

Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Health care • President Obama
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Jhonny Boy

    Really??? Is the GOP really this stupid??? It's a fee not a tax like you get a penalty fee I your not insured if your a driver??? It's a 1% fee this new law means your not carrying anyone's medical burden employers required to provide health care to its employees with a tax incentive!!!! Wow stupid political stunt by te GOP

    June 29, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. HenryB

    Oh, please, American Crossroads, go away. The problem is that we, as a people, are about as dumb as they come. American Crossroads and the other hate groups would not advertise if this negative advertising did not work.

    June 29, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Whatever you want to call's now the law. Get over it!

    June 29, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Obamacare = Obama cares about the young, elderly, poor and disabled. Romneycare = "I don't care about the poor"!

    What is this, conservative supporting freeloaders?

    Since the only folks making less than 250,000 that will pay a tax under ACA are the folks without health insurance, i.e. "freeloaders" that would then foist their ER visit off on the rest of of us responsible tax payers and health insurance owners!

    The cons may want to rethink this line of attack, or next they may actually care for all those "welfare queens" and their "litters"!

    IF that were to happen, then there was a chill in the air in Hell today!

    June 29, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Winning

    During the interview Romney held up his health care law as a model that "could inform Washington on ways to improve health care for all Americans."

    June 29, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Here's the way to think of it:

    When you buy gas at the pump, you pay a tax that is used to maintain the highways you drive your car on. You don't have to own a car, but if you do, it's expected and accepted that you'll do your part for the highways that you're using.

    With Obamacare, if you choose to not purchase health insurance, you are required to pay a tax, with the understanding that when (not "if," because everyone seeks medical care at some point in their life) you seek medical care, you will be treated and not left to die.

    This should be abundantly clear to all the rightie-tighties out there. After all, it was your party (and the Heritage Foundation) who originally proposed the idea of an individual mandate back in 1993.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    June 29, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. American

    Rove/Romney would rather have free riders off the backs of everyday Americans, instead of accepting personal responsibility to buy their own insurance.

    June 29, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Don Beal

    I seem to recall that when this came before the Supreme Court, it was not perceived as a tax. If it had been, the Supreme Court would not have accepted the case because taxes could only be adjudicated after they had been assessed. I am glad that the Supreme Court ruled the way that it did. I would have bet money that the decision would have been 5-4 the other way. But if Justice Roberts came to see the mandate as a tax issue now, why did he not see it as a tax issue then?

    June 29, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    "Uninsured Americans face a seven hundred dollar tax under Obamacare, increasing every year," the ad says. "Now it's official: Obama increased taxes on struggling families."

    This is a lie, and the GOP knows it. Mittens especially knows it, since when he implemented Romneycare in Massachusetts when he was governor (which, BTW, a majority of MA residents like), his state provided assistance to those with low incomes – just like Obamacare will do.

    So the real question is: Just how much more lying and fear-mongering is the GOP base going to put up with before they say enough is enough and grow the stones to admit their party is once again trying to get them to vote against their own self-interest?!?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    June 29, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Dee

    Old news same penalty that Romney implemented in Massachusetts for those who can afford insurance and choose not to purchase. They need to stop misleading the people and tell the truth and do what is right for the country.

    June 29, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. judy

    I hope they spend lots of money . Not everything can be bought. I would love to see the president win reelection and the republican party go broke. Spend all you rich billionairs. Keep lying to the people. They want us poor and under their thumbs. Forward 2012

    June 29, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The only people who will pay the tax are those who have no insurance and refuse to be covered. You would think that right wingnuts would want everyone to pay, but now they change their stance to protect deadbeats. Taxes under President Obama are the lowest in 50 years.

    June 29, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    The Republicans want to repeal the " Free Rider Tax Penalty Mandate" you have a choice take responsibility to get health care insurance or pay a penalty. The GOP are the party for dead beats they don't want to pay for nothing wars, bush tax cuts and now health care.

    June 29, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This has not been a good week for republicans, right wingnuts, and the Taliban.

    June 29, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Core republican Values

    Core republican Value #3: "And Jesus said unto them, it is totally acceptable to lie, cheat and deceive in order to trick half of the 99% into voting for you."

    June 29, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I heard that Glenn Beck is so upset, he is going to stop taking his meds.

    June 29, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Why all the bitterness, right-wing whackjobs? The individual mandate is a Republican idea. Oh, that's right, it's bad because the black guy endorsed it. Cretins.

    June 29, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    Look, it is not a tax, this is the law proviso If you do not geT only 1% of annual income for year or 95 dollars whichever is great is put in pile as your healthcare payment and You will be given Health insurance–you read the law more in detail. GOP cult is misleading as usual–misguiding this nation., yes on obama12. Period
    PS: it saves lot of families, millions of kids! True.

    June 29, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. jake

    just look at the source of where the outrage is coming from. karl rove. and what did this inbred ever do for the states except whine and snivel about everything anybody does to try and make it a better country for all americans to live in. karl rove is a traitor to the states. his ideology is everybody else has to suffer while he and his repubelickan cohorts live the good life. his philosophy is get behind me and whatever i have left after i gorge myself you can have. this guy is not to be trusted and is not a good person in any way shape or form. you can compare him to ben arnold. traitor rove.....

    June 29, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. curealtyblogger

    Conservatives seem to want it both ways. On one hand they criticize Americans who aren't paying taxes and are being carried by those who do pay taxes; then flip the argument for the health care debate, saying those who don't have insurance who show up for treatment at the emergency room and are being carried by those with insurance, shouldn't have to pay taxes. Do they want wealth re-distribution or not?

    June 29, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Obamacare = Romneycare

    If not having health insurance is a tax, then having a job is a tax as well. My salary is taxed at 35%. Romney's wall street income is taxed at 15%. I am paying extra tax for having a job.

    June 29, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Phil Thomas

    This logic is pure bafoonary, people go to hospitals every day and tax payers pay bills. It's not a new tax it gets people covered and reduces their risk. Health care cost are crazy because there has been no check, it's not perfect but the language shouldn't be repeal it should be improve. The GOP is funny, on one hand you fight abortion tooth and nail and yet you fight attempts to cover the people you want to force to have unwanted kids. Read the bible you nimrods and live it. stop listening to people who are not aligned with your interest, don't let your racism cloud your judgement., lastly use common sense.

    June 29, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Jaded

    The republicans have found themselves in a pickle trying to close Romney's credibility gap with voters due to the fact that he's both the father and advocate of Romneycare's mandate which is now the building block of Obamacare. Talk about your excess baggage!

    June 29, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The Wall Street Journal is a conservative groups itself, now that Rupert Mudoch owns it.

    June 29, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. Dennis

    Look at this as a tax if you want.What it does is forces people to be responsible and carry their own health care coverage.It also forces the freeloaders to get coverage that everyone is currently paying for.When these same people go to emergency rooms without any type of coverage,who pays?..You and me.Consider that a tax too,okay?..This ruling also takes the decision out of the hands of greedy healthcare coverage insurers.The same partners in crime as the pharmaceutical companies.Perhaps why the GOP is so angry about this is because it will limit their kickbacks and lobbying money from these two groups?

    June 29, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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