That was President Obama's response to George Stephanopoulos a few short months ago when asked if he thought the mandate to buy health insurance constituted a tax.
As NYT reported last Friday, guess whose Justice Department is now arguing in court that the new law is constitutional based on the government's "power to lay and collect taxes"?!
Funny, back than you could not get NYT to publish such an article (questioning the notion of the mandate being a tax). Now that the law has been signed in to existence, they want to fool people in to thinking that they actually do practice journalism at the Gray Lady.