Out: ‘Individual Mandate’ — In: ‘Personal Responsibility Clause’



Obama’s last chance on health care: Hoping the Supreme Court’s skeptical conservatives are really, really gullible and stupid.

Team Obama has not only come up with a cute name to make the mandate sound less mandatey, but they’re also calling the Affordable Care Act a “bipartisan bill” — much in the same way they laughingly tried to stick Republicans with some of the blame for Solyndra.

There’s a career in comedy waiting for these people after voters kick them out in November:

The Obama administration is now referring to Obamacare as a “bi-partisan bill” and calling the unpopular individual mandate “a Republican idea,” following three days of tough questioning by the Supreme Court.

“The Affordable Care Act is a bipartisan plan and one that we think is constitutional,” Deputy White House press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

No Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act on final passage.

He also referred to the individual mandate as the “individual responsibility” clause of the bill, in an attempt to distance the administration from the term individual mandate.

We can throw Romney into the mix of those who inspired Obamacare, but that hardly makes it “bipartisan.”

“Personal responsibility clause”? If Team Obama ran East Germany circa 1985 they’d have referred to the Berlin Wall as a “freedom partition.”

If “personal responsibility clause” doesn’t fly as a replacement moniker for the individual mandate, Dems have “involuntary liberty pact” and “tightly monitored health care independence with government-initiated personal course-correction” warming up in the bullpen.

Author: Doug Powers

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