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July 5th, 2012
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Does SCOTUS health care ruling open up loophole for lobbyists? Fmr. lobbyist Jack Abramoff says yes

Mitt Romney is officially aligning himself with the Republican party, calling the health care law's individual mandate a "tax." Days after the Supreme Court ruling, Romney's top strategist said the candidate disagreed, and felt the provision was a mandate. But the court's decision to call the mandate a tax is likely to have one unexpected impact on every single American.

Jack Abramoff, a former Washington lobbyist, says the Supreme Court has opened up an opportunity for Congress to tax Americans on "inactivity," and says this precedent could change the way Congress looks at new laws.

Abramoff, author of "Capitol Punishment: The hard truth about Washington corruption," explains how lobbyists could exploit the health care ruling on "Starting Point" this morning.

In the additional clip below, New Yorker's Ryan Lizza challenges Abramoff on his claim.


Filed under: Health care • Lobbying • SCOTUS