FL: Officials decry ‘health tax’ mandated by upheld ACA

By Marianela Toledo and Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

MIAMI— After the Supreme Court‘s 5-4 ruling upholding the mandatory purchase of health insurance, much concern has been raised about the now-constitutional ‘health tax’ that Americans will be required to be pay.

Florida officials were quick to point to the “ultimate deception” of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress that passed the bill in 2010.

“The Supreme Court said it was a tax, which is exactly the opposite of what the president has said all along and what most individuals who voted for it said,” a disappointed Gov. Rick Scott said in a news conference Thursday afternoon after the ruling was announced.

“I think the right thing to do, because it was a tax, is that everyone who said that it wasn’t a tax, they need to repeal it. They need to go out and work actively to get rid of that tax.”

Scott underscored the “devastating impact” the soon-to-be-implemented health care law would have on businesses and jobs — the same message he trumpeted while running for governor in 2010.

Read more: Florida Watchdog

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