Barack Obama Says Obamacare Is Not A Tax


On "This Week," George Stephanopoulos and President Obama have a colorful discussion over Obama's health care reform proposal.

Stephanopoulos takes issue with a mandate that obligates Americans to purchase health insurance, or risk being fined as much as $900. "How is that not a tax?"

"A responsibility to get health insurance is not a tax increase," Obama said.

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Stephanopoulos then tells Obama that he looked up the definition of "tax" in Merriam Webster's dictionary.

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"The fact that you looked up... the definition of tax increase indicates that you're stretching a little bit right now," Obama responded.

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