At a press conference on June 29, presidential spokesman sought to differ with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The White House argued contradicted the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on June 28 that upheld the controversial health care reform law. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority of the Court, ruled that Obamacare is indeed constitutional under provisions of the Constitution that allow for taxation. Spokesman Jay Carney told the press, "It's a penalty because you have a choice. You don't have a choice to pay your taxes, right?" Speaking on a flight to Colorado with President Obama, Carney told reporters that what the White House calls a penalty "is modeled exactly on the penalty that exists in the health care reform that was promoted and signed into law by Gov. Romney in Massachusetts."
Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion that the law "makes going without insurance just another thing the government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning an income." Republicans and Tea Party types were disappointed by the ruling but may seek to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear during this election year. Obama’s opponents are crowing that the law is effectively the biggest tax hike in American history, an issue that they are hammering on all over the country.
Spokesman Carney told reporters, “You can call it what you want," as he underlined Carney said, underlining Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will affect only 1 percent of Americans. "It is not a broad-based tax."The former newsman added, "One percent of the population. One percent. You can call it what you want, but it is affecting 1 percent of the population. Because most people either have health insurance or people do the responsible thing and if they can afford health insurance they will purchase it."