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Mitt Romney says health care mandate is a tax

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Now we've come full circle in all the "penalty" vs "tax" talk. Mitt Romney has spoken and clearly affirmed that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is a tax, directly contradicting his senior adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, who had said earlier this week that it was a penalty. Romney tried to explain the contradiction by noting in an interview with CBS News that it was all about the Supreme Court's majority opinion. "While I agreed with the dissent, that's taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it's a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There's no way around that," Romney said.

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