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Obama Describes The Individual Mandate As A Tax

During a speech Friday in Roanoke, Virginia President Obama departed from his previous use of the word "penalty" to describe the individual mandate, describing it instead as a tax. "By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax," President Obama said. "The only thing that’s happening to you is that you now have more security because insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick.”

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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