Via Weekly Standard:
As the liberal website Slate has explained about Obamacare, President Obama’s signature legislation “combine[s] an express mandatory insurance requirement with tax penalties . . . for noncompliance.” Which is why the Obama “administration’s lawyers have cited . . . the tax . . . power in support of the mandate,” and that remains a central tenet of the administration’s Supreme Court case in defending Obamacare. It is not the White House is mandating care, they are telling the Supreme Court, but it’s that one will be taxed if he does not get health care.
But today on Capitol Hill, acting White House budget director Jeff Zients directly undermined the administration’s claim by saying that there is no tax element of Obamacare.