Mitt Romney‘s campaign has been having a bit of a messaging mixup regarding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Is is a tax? Top adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said it’s not. Then Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said it is. Now it’s Romney’s turn to say, and it he did, to CBS News. The Supreme Court said it’s a tax and “therefore it is a tax,” he said.
Asked whether the mandate is a tax, Romney responded:
Well, I said that I agreed with the dissent. And the dissent made it very clear that they felt it was unconstitutional. But the dissent lost — it’s in the minority. And so now the Supreme Court has spoken. And while I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the Court said it is a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There is no way around that.
Previously, Fehrnstrom broke with what Republicans have been arguing when he told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, “The governor believes what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the Court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax.” Following that remark, Priebus said, “Our position is the same as Mitt Romney’s: a tax.”
Now, Romney is affirming that statement by saying that it is, indeed, a tax. Because the Court said so.
Take a look at Romney’s comments, via CBS News: