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Trump: Chief Justice Roberts ‘Should Be Ashamed’ of Obamacare Vote

By    |   Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:55 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts should be “ashamed’’ for voting with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to make a 5-4 tie-breaker in favor of the healthcare plan’s individual mandate on the grounds it is a tax and not a penalty, billionaire businessman Donald Trump tells CNBC.

Still, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may well profit from the decision last week because it will help mobilize Republicans and independents, who largely oppose the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to vote for him in the November presidential election against President Barack Obama, said Trump.

"This energized the Republican Party like never before,’’ Trump said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.’’

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“I've never seen the Republicans coalesce like they have in the last three days since this ridiculous decision. I think it's going to maybe elect Mitt Romney."

Trump said Roberts, a Republican, may have voted with the court's liberal justices to align himself with the inside-the-Beltway establishment. "John Roberts should be ashamed of himself," he said. "Now they love him in Washington.’’

Roberts agreed to vote for the individual mandate, the linchpin of Obamacare, on the grounds that penalties for those refusing to purchase insurance would be considered a “tax’’ under the government’s constitutional taxing mandate, instead of as a “penalty’’ imposed through Congress’s authority to regulate interstate commerce.

The Obama administration had itself resisted calling the healthcare reform measure a tax, preferring instead to term it a penalty against those refusing to purchase insurance.

The decision gives the Republicans ammunition to attack Obama for raising taxes on the middle class, something he had vowed not to do.

Still, Romney’s campaign appears to be missing a golden opportunity to use the ruling to attack Obama for raising taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In a break from the Republican party leadership, Romney’s campaign is saying the government will be imposing a penalty, not a tax, on those who don’t buy insurance. Thus, Romney is essentially siding with Obama, who had repeatedly called it a penalty and not a tax.

Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told MSNBC on Monday that Romney, who signed into law a similar healthcare bill while governor of Massachusetts, disagrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the penalty is a tax, and not a penalty.

“The governor believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax,’’ Fehrnstrom was quoted as saying.

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