OMB Director Jeffrey Zients: Individual Mandate Isn’t A Tax


GARRETT: If I make under $250,000, and I do not buy health insurance as I’m required to under the Affordable Health Care Act, is that a tax on me or is that not a tax on me?

ZIENTS: Well, this is–

GARRETT:  A moment ago you said there’s no tax increase.

ZIENTS: There aren’t.

GARRETT: So that’s not a tax?


GARRETT: That’s not a tax, okay. I just wanted to be clear on that because that’s not the argument that the administration is making.

In the lawsuit before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration is defending the health care mandate by calling it a tax.