IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 19, 2012
Mr. Lee introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To provide that the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall not be construed as a tax.
Congress finds that on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate imposed by section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) and amended by section 10106 of such Act and sections 1002 and 1004 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), has certain functional characteristics of a tax and could be sustained as an exercise of Congress's power to tax under article I, section 8, clause 1 of the Constitution.
Classification of individual mandate as non-tax
Section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Rule of construction
Nothing in the amendments made by this section shall be construed as imposing any tax or as an exercise of any power of Congress enumerated in article I, section 8, clause 1 of, or the 16th amendment to, the Constitution.
The amendment made by this section shall apply as if included in the enactment of section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.