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Jul 5, 2012 2:15 AM

Romney calls Obama's health care requirement a tax

WOLFEBORO, NH - Mitt Romney says the Supreme Court has decided that President Barack Obama's health care mandate is a tax, but he maintains that the high court has made clear it does not consider a Massachusetts health care mandate a tax.

The Republican presidential candidate told CBS News on Wednesday that the Supreme Court opinion makes clear that states have the power to put in place a mandate or a penalty and that it is constitutional.

The former Massachusetts governor said that the court's opinion said states have the power to pass such a penalty, but the federal government does not. And he said for the court to find Obama's plan constitutional they had to rule his mandate was a tax.

Therefore, Romney says: "Obamacare's a tax."

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