July 6th, 2012
12:00 AM ET

Romney clarifies health care position

Romney clarifies his stance on the health care mandate. Erick Erickson, Alice Stewart and Ron Brownstein discuss what this means for the election.

July 5th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

KTH: Romney calls health care law a tax

Mitt Romney is now calling President Obama's health care reform law a tax, and says his Mass. plan was a penalty.  We're Keeping Them Honest.

July 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Debating health care: Tax vs. penalty

Jeffrey Toobin, Bill Burton and Ari Fleischer discuss the politics of calling the health care law a tax.

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Filed under: Health Care • Raw Politics • Supreme Court
July 2nd, 2012
10:46 PM ET

KTH: Romney campaign calls law tax penalty

In the debate about the health care law, Republicans call the mandate a tax, while Democrats say it's a penalty. We're Keeping Them Honest.

Filed under: Health Care • Keeping Them Honest • Supreme Court
July 2nd, 2012
10:39 PM ET

GOP plots Obamacare overturn

Republicans want to repeal parts of the health care law by using a process requiring 51 percent of the vote in Senate. CNN’s Dana Bash explains.

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June 29th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

KTH: Supreme Court ruling spin

Both parties are using talking points to address the health care mandate as a tax, as ruled by the Supreme Court.

June 29th, 2012
10:01 AM ET

Romney's past complicates mandate attack

The Supreme Court upheld health care mandate as a tax. Was Mitt Romney's mandate in Massachusetts similar? CNN's John King talks with Romney surrogate Barbara Comstock.

Filed under: Health Care • Mitt Romney
June 29th, 2012
07:09 AM ET

Obama said mandate isn't tax in 2009

President Obama said the health care mandate wasn't a tax, but Thursday the Supreme Court upheld the law because it was.

Filed under: Health Care • President Barack Obama
June 29th, 2012
12:12 AM ET

Health care ruling energizes voters

Both major campaigns think the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold President Obama's health care law will rally their base.

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June 28th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Gonzales: Roberts still conservative

In a major victory for President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the controversial health care law known as Obamacare. The justices voted 5-4 that, among other measures, the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax, which is within Congress's power.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, sided with his liberal colleagues.

CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin had anticipated a different ruling. "I was wrong. I thought that argument went very badly. I was very critical of Donald Verrilli," said Toobin. Solicitor General Verrilli made his argument before the Supreme Court in March. Back then, Toobin called his presentation “a train wreck."

"I thought that the argument on the commerce clause was really the core of this case, and all of the conservative justices, including Chief Justice Roberts, and especially Justice Kennedy, were very skeptical about whether the commerce clause was a justification for this law. They voted against the commerce clause, but this taxing power issue really snuck up on us and it certainly snuck up on me," explained Toobin.


Filed under: Health Care • Supreme Court
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