Aspen, Colo. — A quickly assembled panel on Thursday's Supreme Court decisionupholding the healthcare reform law quickly reached a consensus: The court rightly determined that the individual mandate was a tax despite the Obama administration's insistence that it was not such thing. What's more, the panel agreed that the Obama administration's position was cynical and politically manipulative.
The panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival consisted of former Congressman Vin Weber, New York Times columnist David Brooks, columnist Joe Klein and former Senator Tom Daschle.
"They didn't want to be accused of raising taxes, so they moved to the commerce clause," Daschle said.
"The president is now going to have to explain why he raised taxes when he said he wouldn't," Weber said.