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Stefan Karlsson

Oh, the irony: Obama and Romney, and that infamous mandate

Mitt Romney, who is against the White House's health care act, actually implemented a similar plan in Massachusetts. President Obama pledged not to raise taxes on the middle class, but the Supreme Court has ruled the plan will essentially do just that.

By Guest blogger / June 29, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. Obama, who previously pledged not to raise taxes, is now facing criticisms that his health care plan does just that.

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In the previous post I pointed out that Mitt Romney only a few years ago passionately defended the legal mandate to purchase health insurance. Obama on the other hand argued against it.

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Stefan is an economist currently working in Sweden.

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And of course, since it was upheld because it is a form of taxation, Obama again violates his 2008 election pledge not to raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000.

So now we are going to have a presidential race where the person who previously defended and implemented in Massachussetts a policy will argue for its nation wide repeal while his opponent will defend a policy he argued against until after he was elected.

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