Budget director undercuts case for individual mandate before Congress

Acting director of the OMB Jeffrey Zients either had a senior moment, or he didn't get the memo on the administration's legal position on the individual mandate. Testifying before Congress, Zients undercut the case for the mandate. Washington Examiner: Testifying before Congress this morning, President Obama's acting budget director Jeffrey Zients directly undercut one of the administration's key legal defenses of its national health care law as it nears a hearing before the Supreme Court. In a hearing of the House Budget Committee Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., pressed Zients on whether the penalty that the health care law imposes on individuals who do not purchase health insurance constitutes a tax. Eventually, Zients said it did not. But this directly contradicts one of the arguments the Obama administration is making before the Supreme Court in defense of the health care law, which is that the mandate is Constitutional because it's a tax and government has taxing power. This has...(Read Full Post)