Appearing on MSNBC was a spokesperson for the RNC and an obvious supporter of Mitt Romney. Asked about the struggles the Romney campaign has in explaining whether or not the mandate is a tax or penalty, the spokesperson explained that they agreed with the Supreme court’s position that the mandate is a tax.
But when asked if the same mandate found in RomneyCare – the Health care law that Mitt Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts - is a tax on the people of that state, the spokesperson stared at the camera for a split second then advised the host that “we are talking about ObamaCare,” not RomneyCare.
So to conclude, the individual mandate in the law is only a tax if you’re talking about ObamaCare. If you’re talking about RomneyCare… wait a second, we’re not supposed to talk about RomneyCare!