Romney aide who coined Etch-A-Sketch comparison now says ObamaCare penalty is not a tax
Remember Eric Fehrnstrom (above)?
He’s the Romney campaign adviser who SAID this past March that the Mittster is likely to abandon some of his right-wing positions once he wins the Republican presidential nomination. He likened it to using an Etch-A-Sketch toy.
And now, the loose-lipped Fehrnstrom is stirring up another political firestorm with THIS:
Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, admitted Monday that he actually agrees with the Obama administration on something: the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a “penalty” and not a “tax.”
Since the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law but ruled that its mandate is a tax, Republicans have criticized him for imposing a massive tax on the American public.
The Romney campaign joined in this line of attack, with an adviser telling the Huffington Post’s Jon Ward that the Supreme Court’s ruling would help them politically.
“Frankly, to be able to tell you your taxes have been raised by this bill and you didn’t know that, as opposed to trying to explain Congress’s powers under the commerce clause, it’s easier,” the Romney adviser said, referencing the issue of the law’s constitutionality.
But in a Monday interview on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Fehrnstrom contradicted this statement, agreeing with the Obama administration that the mandate is a “penalty” on individuals who do not purchase insurance — not a tax.