Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after introducing a constitutional amendment to ensure that taxes passed by Congress are labeled as such during the legislative process. Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court on the basis that the individual mandate fell under Congress' right to lay and collect taxes, even though the mandate was never labeled a tax by the bill's proponents.
"Most Americans figured out long ago that President Obama had attempted to sell them a bill of goods with Obamacare. Yesterday, the Supreme Court confirmed it. The President stated clearly, and on multiple occasions that the individual mandate was not a tax as he sold it to Congress and the American people. However, he was more than happy to see the Supreme Court uphold the law on the basis that it is in fact a tax.
"My amendment requires that all taxes levied by Congress be labeled honestly and openly as taxes during the legislative process. The American people deserve to know the full implications and consequences of legislation passed by Congress. Yesterday's Supreme Court decision illustrated plainly the dangers of deceptive labeling by our leaders."