Democrats wonder: Should we call it a "mandate" or a "tax"?

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters told TheDC that she has not decided what to call the mandate, which requires every individual to purchase health insurance or pay a fine to the Internal Revenue Service, but said she is “happy” the Supreme Court upheld the law.

“What I have not decided is whether or not it’s better to call it a tax or a mandate. What I have decided is it’s absolutely necessary that it be paid for — that if we’re going to cover all of these pre-existing conditions that I just alluded to, we have to have the income by which to do it and so I have not decided that one may be better than the other,” said Waters, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

“I’m going to think about that, and I’m going to review, and perhaps I’ll have a different opinion on it later on,” she continued, “but right now I’m just happy.”

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